UNIVERSITY PARK | “Wind Waves,” a 2010 work by Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge, is the latest addition to the permanent collection at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.
The 10-foot diameter steel sculpture joins 27 masterworks by some of the world’s greatest artists, presented amid a breathtaking prairie landscape at Governors State University’s main campus in University Park.
“Wind Waves” was created for “Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge,” an exhibition at Chicago’s Millennium Park from April 2011 until October,. Funding for fabrication of “Wind Waves” was supplied by Millennium Park Inc. and CONACULTA, the fine arts agency of the Mexican government. The artist has graciously donated the piece to the sculpture park.
“The arrival of ‘Wind Waves’ is a signal event for NMSP, and the response has been universally positive,” said curator and director Geoffrey Bates. “The piece emanates a barely contained energy — effectively communicating not only the interest in organic growth which pervades her oeuvre but, in many ways, Yvonne’s infectious, exuberant personality.”
“The first time I went to Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park I was inspired by how perfectly its green spaces were punctuated with wonderful sculptures,” Domenge said recently. “Now, I feel privileged to have my work join this outstanding collection. The site that was chosen for ‘Wind Waves’ is marvelous; it greets visitors at the entrance of the university campus and marks the start of the sculpture trail. It is important to me to feel that ‘Wind Waves’ will enrich the everyday lives of students."
Domenge is the third woman to be represented in the sculpture park's permanent collection, and the first artist of Hispanic heritage.
Bates said “Wind Waves,” a variation on the sphere and its internal organization, is a reflection of Domenge’s unabashed fascination with “the underlying order and beauty in all things.” She has written that her work “strives to represent an underlying pattern in what may seem outwardly chaotic, to find a unity in what we perceive as opposites, to find harmony in apparent dissonance.”
Domenge was born in Mexico City in 1946. She studied at the Outremont School in Montreal, Canada, at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and in Mexico City. She has trained in various techniques such as gilding, enameling, and wood carving. She has created artwork from a diverse range of materials including wood, stone, cement, clay, onyx, marble, stainless and carbon steel, silver, ice, resin, wax, soap, and porcelain.
Domenge lives and works in Mexico City. More information about the artist and her sculpture can be found at www.domenge.com.
The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is free of charge and open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. For more information about the sculpture park, visit www.govst.edu/sculpture or call (708) 534-4486. Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway.