6 Contemporary Female Sculptors to Know (Plus Pieces You Can Afford)

You may remember Kate from the time she guided us to starting our art collections.  She’s back, with more.  

A new wave of contemporary female sculptors are using their hands to break the male-dominated mold: Dwyer Kilcollin, Andrea Mcginty, Hannah Levy, Lauren SeidenJessi Reaves and Leah Dixon are making names for themselves while pushing art into the third dimension. Their creations are physical manifestations of creativity, strength and wit that demand equal floor space.

However…if your home is not a museum and your biggest financial donor is your boss (the second biggest: your mom on your birthday), there’s no reason you can’t get started on your own sculpture collection.

So, below, the 6 women in the industry you should know, plus the more affordable “If You Like X, Then Try Y” items to buy.

Andrea McGinty

Andrea McGinty, I Feel Very Vulnerable Right Now, I Texted Him First, 2015

Andrea Mcginty, I Feel Very Vulnerable Right Now, I Texted Him First, 2015

With a killer sense of humor and a refreshing eye on meme culture, McGinty confronts erotica, technology and the Internet by bringing inanimate objects to life. Whether it’s through humidifiers dressed in inspirational novelty tees or a series of shattered iPhones displaying her dark sex secrets, McGinty provokes the need to reveal ourselves.

If you like McGinty’s wit, try this piece by Brittany Mojo ($300) or this “Pool Toy” by Misaki Kawai ($350).

Dwyer Kilcollin

Dwyer Kilcollin, Banquet Conference, 2015

Dwyer Kilcollin, Banquet Conference, 2015

A stone mason for the digital age, this LA-based artist uses a mixture of organic matter and pigments to handcraft recognizable and abstract objects. Take the chairs and vases resembling formations you might find deep in a cave, or her landscape images that reach out from the stone canvases; Kilcollin’s works are at once prehistoric and futuristic.

If you like this table, try this one by Ramon Hulspas ($1,300).

Hannah Levy

Hannah Levy, Untitled, 2014

Hannah Levy, Untitled, 2014

Using a pairing of organic and metallic substances, Levy makes tactile sculptures that juxtapose the hard and soft textures between body and material. Yes, those fleshy asparagus protruding from the wall might seem risqué and the cutting board with tiny pink nipples a bit off-putting, but by re-crafting everyday objects in materials that resemble skin and bones, humanity is instated where it’s least expected.

If you’re into the idea of be-nipped household items, try: Universal Isaac pottery ($65 each)

Lauren Seiden

Lauren Seiden, Wrap, 2015

Lauren Seiden, Wrap, 2015

Just because Seiden uses paper and string to craft her large scale sculptures doesn’t mean her process is lightweight. Using layers of graphite to create a hardened, almost metallic structure and sheen, these pieces take on the gestures of the artist as she manipulates them while introducing a magnetic movement.

If you like her aesthetic, try Jenny E Balisle for a similar vibe. (Starting around $750.)

Jessi Reaves

Jessi Reaves, Idol of the Hares, 2014

Jessi Reaves, Idol of the Hares, 2014

Who said your furniture can’t double as an art piece, and that your art-meets-furniture can’t be weird? Reaves turns furniture design inside out (sometimes literally) using expected materials in unexpected places, like foam to make a lounger or polar fleece on an office chair. If Pee Wee Herman had an evil lair, his decorator would be Jessi Reaves.

If you like to get weird, try these pieces by Sabina Ott ($250) or Margo Weber ($390)

Leah Dixon

Leah Dixon, Stealth Bomber, installation view from the UNTITLED Art Fair in Miami Beach, 2013

Leah Dixon, Stealth Bomber, installation view from the UNTITLED Art Fair in Miami Beach, 2013

As a performer and an artist, Dixon’s work is as much in the process as it is the product. Making objects like a hand-cut yoga mat with images of war or a structure resembling a Stealth Bomber for lounging in Miami beach, Dixon confronts political correctness in physical labor and live creation, describing herself as a “one-woman making machine.”

If you like the geometric nature of her work, try this glass and oxidized sculpture by Linda Ross ($600). If you’re looking for a more quiet piece that still takes up space, try Karolina Maszkiewicz. (Starting at $350)

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