Denise S. Tennen


I create my sculpture in my studio at the Thorp building and exhibit year-round at Tres Leches Gallery in Suite 171/173 in the Northrup King Building.

At the core of each of my sculptures is a sense of dance: stillness in motion. My works are distinguished by their flowing and rounded forms, whether small enough to fit in your hand or large enough to fill an entire courtyard. I explore that artistic territory between the abstract and the recognizable, drawing on the work of Henri Matisse and Isamu Noguchi as major influences. I work with a variety of materials including wood, wire and textiles; however my main medium is clay, with coil-building my preferred construction technique. My favorite finishes have the sheen of raw clay with the permanence of time. In all of my sculpture my intention is to bring to bring beauty and zest to the world through my work.