“Family” by Elizabeth Bonura
Family is located on 8th Street outside of Robert’s Printing.
Artist: Elizabeth Bonura
Dimensions: 45”H x 20”W x 10”D
Materials: Cement with Bronze Metal Coating and Green Patina
This Family of four sculpture with two young girls was inspired by life, love, and connection. I was greatly inspired by the idea of when a couple gets married, two become one. Once I began to add children to my designs I continued the theme of connectedness by creating them around the parents all emerging together.
“My artwork is inspired by life, love, and above all, family. After getting engaged, I was greatly inspired by the idea that when a couple gets married two become one. This comes to life as the figures I sculpt are formed into a connected image. Once I became a mother, I began to add children to my artwork. This theme of connectedness continues by creating the children around the parents all emerging together.
My original designs are sculpted out of clay. I then make a mold of the clay sculpture. Depending on the size of the sculpture, it will be cold-cast with bronze, aluminum, or copper (“Cold-Casting” is the process of mixing metal powder with a resin to create castings that give the appearance of solid metal) or cast in cement and painted with a bronze metal coating (ground bronze metal suspended in an acrylic binder). Finally, the sculpture is finished by polishing and waxing by hand. This intense finishing process reveals the metal’s shine and highlights the details.
I began sculpting professionally over 20 years ago. In the early 2000s I became famous for my polymer clay portrait sculptures and wedding cake toppers. The five-foot life-size “bride’s cake” (where the polymer-clay-sculpted head and shoulders emerged from a six tiered cake) brought me international acclaim! My work has appeared on CNN, Inside Edition, countless news stories and in Inside Weekly Magazine. I have appeared on HGTV’s That’s Clever!, and my art dolls have been published in several national magazines. Currently, I have sculptures on display at the Georgetown Public Library for the Annual Texas Society of Sculptors Show and online.” Elizabeth Bonura