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Fabricated painted steel
2012, Ruth Aizuss Migdal

The art and animal juxtapositions in “Nature in Motion” crescendo with Ruth Aizuss Migdal’s simply titled “Here.” The 14-foot-tall, bright red, dancing female figure towers dramatically over the zoo’s pink, ballerina-like Chilean flamingos next to it. Fabricated from bronze with rippled, undulating layers charged with energy, “Here” is on the runway and poised for flight.

Artist Statement

“I created my current series of powerful female dancers to exemplify their free spirit, joyfulness and perseverance. These large, abstracted female sculptures express independence, strength and a lust for life.”

Originally trained as a painter, Ruth Aizuss Migdal began exploring the complexities of the female torso as a sculptor in 1971. She worked with clay from 1971 to 1990, switching to bronze in 1990. Her sculptures vary in size and scale from larger-than-life to paper weights as small as three inches in diameter. From 1969 to 1996 Aizuss Migdal taught art at City Colleges of Chicago.