Sandra Vlock

 Integrating Fine Art & Architectural Elements

“As an art historian and curator, I’ve admired Sandra’s work as an architect and artist. I have been especially interested in her sense of the importance of art in the life of an individual or community; finding in places and nature, the authentic human connection.”

– Helen A. Cooper, Curator Emeritus of American Paintings and Sculpture, Yale University Art Gallery

Sandra Vlock, artist in residence Joshua Tree, CA

'Desert Dream' Fireball The Ruin Venue, Joshua Tree, CA

 Mooring Fireballs by Sandra Vlock
Photography @EdwinaStevenson 2015

Transforming everyday objects and spaces into extraordinary experiences; creating a magnet that invites participation and engagement.

As an architect of contemporary architectural design and now working as an artist, my focus is to engage people in a shared experience; capturing an authentic sense of place, context and narrative. I view the integration of Fine Art & Architectural Elements offered through my newest venture, Studio Vlock, as a natural evolution of that vision; one that enables me to design pieces that inspire memorable experiences and create unique environments for social gathering, quiet reflection, and visual delight.

Studio Vlock began when I acquired two 58" diameter antique mooring buoys with the intent to repurpose them as steel sphere fire pits. These weatherworn orbs with their hulking shackles were initially intimidating to me! I saw them as iconic ancient mariners with their own powerful stories to tell and I was reluctant to impose my own story on them. But I eventually did, creating dramatic and engaging fire sculptures.  

Repurposed objects and other sustainable materials, such as corten and stainless steel, have now become my canvas. Each limited production piece tells a story—real or imagined—that is inspired by nature and shared experience. Fireballs are re-imagined steel mooring buoys; an object that once anchored boats now serves as an anchor  for communal gatherings, transforming outdoor spaces into intimate places. Decorative Fire Screens are elevated from the mundane to the magical; creating a focal point and conversation piece. Gates & Screens, as architectural elements, enliven and engage the landscape; capturing the imagination. This creative journey fully animates my work.

What excites me is transforming environments and spaces into extraordinary experiences; creating a magnet that invites participation and engagement. 


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