Irene experiences an indescribable freedom when she sculpts. It is this freedom that provides her motivation. Focusing on the abstract also ensures that the freedom continues.
When sculpting, Irene takes into account the visual impact of the stone, the planes that exist and the potential movement that can be created. She is constantly feeling the curves and lines of the sculpture. The continuous flow of the work is critical.
Her style is to create sculptures that are simple, diverse and organic in nature. People use their imagination to experience the sculpture on a personal level.
Overall, Irene would like others to appreciate stone as a medium, sculpture as an art form and abstract as an open-ended way of having new perspectives, whatever that may be.
“I am constantly feeling the curves and lines I am creating.”
Irene’s sculpture plays a very important part in her life. She always needed to express her artistic feelings. For many years, she had searched to find the right medium for 3 dimensional work. From the very first time she places her hands on stone to sculpt, she was captivated. The freedom that comes with creating what she feels is enlightening and a perfect outlet for her creativity.
Though Irene sculpted exclusively by hand for many years, she now includes the use of power tools. This enables her to expand the type of stone sculpted and thereby create more interesting sculptures. She continuously experiences other media to expand her creativity base.
Irene Sirko has a clear and consistent artistic voice expressed in her stone sculpture. Her work may be observed from all sides with equal pleasure. To date, she has worked most of the pieces by hand.
Selecting alabaster and soapstone as her main media, Irene works with the essence of the stone as she distills the principle planes into coherent abstract three-dimensional forms. Each plane is modulated and carefully integrated with the adjacent planes to form complex yet pleasing intersections. The works are carefully finished to bring out the natural colours and figuration within the stones, sometimes contrasted with segments of the raw stone as a counterpoint to the highly finished surfaces.
Michael Young, sculptor & mentor
I had first seen Irene’s work at an art exhibit a few years ago. I was very impressed with her work in stone. I commissioned Irene to do a piece for me and she set out to try and capture what she felt would be a piece of stonework that best expresses my personality. I can say that I proudly display it and am proud to tell people it not only came from an artist but from someone I’ve known for years which makes displaying it even more special because of the personal connection.
Peter Morrison, Royal LePage Signature Realty
Irene’s talent as an artist has allowed me to proudly display the 3 pieces that I have bought from her the last few years. People comment on the uniqueness and beauty of her sculptures that I proudly display at both my home and my office.
Michele Bailey, Blazing The Agency
The clean lines within Irene’s creations are beautiful expression that compliment textures naturally displayed with the stone. Each unique. Each stunning.
Sandra Robson, Artist