The Artist Idelle Okman Tyzbir
All images copyright Idelle Okman Tyzbir. All rights reserved.
Thank you for taking the time to see my artwork and to learn a little bit about me. Sometimes I need to "buck" the system and I have with this website. I had been advised to display only my metal sculptures. I chose to disregard this advice and add some of my other works. My area of concentration is my mixed media metal, however I wanted you to get a better understanding of who I am as an artist. The diversity of my art informs my metal sculptures. Explorations in other media gives me a chance to recharge myself.
I also work on commission. Many of the pieces shown may inspire you to commission something very personal.
At first glance, my works are abstract and nonobjective mixed media sculptures. Looking deeper, activated planes created by the heated, twisted, welded metal, glass and textured acrylic paintings draw you in. These materials lend themselves to creating contrasts. I use these contrasts symbolically, representing my life’s experiences, transforming experiences into art. The art can be playful or serious, but it always shows my enthusiasm for my work.
Attracted to metal, I began incorporating this medium into my artwork. I found using materials and techniques not usually associated with a woman to be emancipating. The metal became a metaphor for the conflict between limits and freedom. I make metal's obvious rigidity appear to soften and flow. My approach to the work is visceral and intimate.
I endeavor to force the viewer to make use of their own visual experience to interpret the work on an internal level, rather than influence them into a particular emotional reaction. To accomplish this I start an internal conceptual dialogue, ascertaining the most basic concepts I strive to express. Using line, shape, color and texture, in multiple planes, the challenge becomes communicating these concepts subconsciously. Making the invisible visible.
My work is a visual event. It is a struggle to create, thus the moniker The Metal Wrestler. I like the physicality of this demanding, hot, hard and dirty work. It seems to fulfill my innate desire to build. It connects me to the past and the present, where physical labor is a necessity, a fact of life. The art is process oriented, you can see my hand in it. The surfaces are profound to each piece. It cannot be mass produced.
I see a continuing thread connecting my work to the history of European modernism, Abstract Expressionism and lyrical abstraction. Kandinsky’s use of line and shape inspires me.
The metaphoric value of my work, and often the inspiration, comes from the use of musical concepts. I find the unique human ability to create art and music often becomes a starting point for my sculptures. It is music’s melding of structure and freedom, as well as the ability to evoke emotions that is relevant to my work. The musical concept contained in my piece, Counterpoint, became the relationship between men and women. Expressed using the contrast between curving rounded and hard-edged geometric shapes, all are united by rhythmic curving lines. I also use genres, Jazz in particular. Jazz Fusion contains jazz scat, (wordless sounds), embodied by intricate wire work, monochromatic gray paintings, (for mood), as well as glass and lines that seem to move and jump.
Detailed, flowing abstract and nonobjective artwork primarily using industrial materials with line and activated planes are my hallmark. I feel the disparity between the materials and the visual experience of my art creates a palpable tension and a sense of wonder. I strive for the work to develop a personal and intimate relationship with the viewer. Tapping into the unconscious mind, bringing the viewer and the work closer together creates a powerful resounding impression. My work is rich with meaning and socially relevant but not overtly political.