Though artist Audrey Flack may be best
known for her huge, personal photorealist paintings filled with feminine
objects, since the 1980s she has been
sculpting monumental goddesses, many for
Born in 1931 and raised in New York
City’s Washington Heights, Audrey Flack
has been influenced by art throughout her
life. As a constant troublemaker in school,
she spent a lot of time out in
the hall, usually drawing on
a large sheet of oak tag.
Sometime in her early
years, Flack created a
shoebox diorama as a
school assignment. Her
mother’s blue tinted
makeup mirror became a
lake. She cut out figures—
including Esther Williams,
the movie star/swimmer
who, with her strong body,
was a role model for Flack.
(Recently Flack included
Williams’ body in her statues.) As she worked, Flack
lost track of time and was
transported into her own
world where everything made
sense to her.
Flack believes that with art you
can make sense of your world—
art restructures the brain, structures your world. Art-making
is healing and self-affirmative.
The art she describes involves
using the hands and the
mind—the process where the
Getting to Know
Audrey Flack sculpts the clay head of the Recording Angel for
the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN. The
entire figure was later cast in bronze using the lost-wax process.