Marceil DeLacy’s love of carving began as a small child living on the outskirts of Seattle. With a pocketknife, she created images from ivory soap, then letter openers from kindling wood and arrows from tree suckers before graduating to the use of chisel and mallet. In the early 1980’s she began serious fine art sculpting in her own home studio, winning awards in juried shows and having her work shown in the Bellevue Art Museum. After an extended break, she resumed her artwork on a full-time basis, working in wood salvaged locally in the Pacific Northwest, turning perceived defects in the wood into assets. Her lifelong affinity for trees and love of nature inspire most of her sculpted subjects. As a self-taught artist, DeLacy learned her craft from the wood itself, letting it guide her eye and hand. She carves free form, allowing her work to evolve as she interacts with the wood in a process she calls “listening to the forest.”
August 2019 – Give Me Shelter
Throughout time, shelter has been a fundamental universal need. And lately, faced with our crowed cities and eroding planet, the need for proper shelter seems all the more present. Since earth’s beginnings, trees have been providing protection for all living things. Shelter for birds, for animals, for insects—and shelter for humans and for the understory of vegetation.
Trees have also been and continue to be the source of lumber for homes and human refuge. Wood, being an organic material, is not passive—it is an active and dynamic participant in our lives and in my art.
In my work as a sculptor, I take discarded wood and repurpose it as art and form. A tree that once provided shelter is transformed into an object that is, in turn, given shelter—this time in a home, a collection, a gallery, or museum.
AVAILABLE ARTWORKby Marceil DeLacy
Exhibits with Marceil DeLacy
Kris Ekstrand is presenting her delicately abstracted landscapes and a continuation of her vibrant and energetic portraits of bird nests. Created in her studio on the banks of the Edison Slough in the Skagit Valley. Ekstrand’s paintings walk a line between abstraction and representation, skillfully drifting between the two. Marceil DeLacy presents her hand-carved wooden sculptures, expertly carved and finely finished. Her work makes one contemplate the human connection to the animal world. In this exhibition DeLacy introduces surprising new subject matter.