Angels For Healing
Before October, Stacy Bayne had an idea of what she might exhibit during her second year at Arizona Fine Art EXPO, but then the mass shooting at Squirrel Hill Synagogue in Pittsburgh happened. Bayne had been disturbed by so many mass shootings before, but this one jolted her into taking action.
“My heart was so heavy, but I began sculpting through my tears,” the Colorado sculptor said. “I had already been creating angels, but I was compelled to do more. I started a new collection, ‘Angels for Healing,’ and I’ve been sculpting furiously in my studio ever since.”
The new collection will offer hope for people dealing with everything from grief and debilitating diseases, like cancer, to bullying and gun violence. Her first series, ‘Hang on to Hope’ will be unveiled at the Arizona Fine Art EXPO.
The angels are pressure-cast with new material for Bayne that consists of bonded stone and white cement. Each angel varies in size and cultural background, and several are holding doves. The series also includes wall-mounted angels and sculpture and mixed media pieces.
“Hope soars on the wings of an angel,” Bayne said, adding that her sculptures don’t represent any religion. “There’s a spiritual, calming effect of angels, and everyone can benefit from having an angel these days.”
From Dolls to Sculpture
Bayne’s life certainly has not been boring. A former fashion model, she lived in five countries before finding commercial success creating porcelain dolls.
Back then, as a single mother of twins, aged two, and a three-year-old, she sold her work in doll magazines and also competed in and won many national competitions. Before she knew it, she was one of the top sellers on the Home Shopping Network.
Years later, after moving to Dallas, Bayne attended a signing event where she met the world-renowned sculptor Giuseppe Armani. Because she spoke Italian, he invited her behind the roped off area where, over a five-hour period, he shared some of his sculpting tips.
“That was my aha moment! The experience completely changed my approach and understanding of my talent as well as my future endeavors,” Bayne said.
In 1997, she began to work as the creator and artist of a home décor line of sculpture titled ‘The Maasai Collection.’ The collection went on to sell in over 21 countries over the next seven years.
She began experimenting with bronze in 2005, and created her first angel in 2008, after losing a dear friend to cancer. The angel had red curly locks, just like her Irish friend.
Sculpting angels was put on hold when the Great Recession hit. After her father passed in 2013, she found her passion for sculpting again and she also began experimenting with mixed media pieces.
Now on a mission, she draws upon her intuition to guide her as she sculpts.
“I don’t use photographs, and I don’t use an armature, not even with my life-size pieces,” she said. “I sculpt from my mind’s eye.”