Irene experiences an indescribable freedom when she sculpts. She has no preconceived idea as to what the sculpture will be, what it will look like. It is this freedom that provides her motivation to continue. Focusing on the abstract allows her creativity to find its own end.
The basis for her creativity can be summarized as FEEL, FLOW & FORM. When working with stone, she is constantly feeling the curves and lines she is creating. The continuous flow of the work is critical. In the end, the form is pleasing to the eye and flows as a whole.
Irene sculpts in soapstone and alabaster and develops her sculptures slowly to allow the material to direct her hands and reveal its form over time. Her style is to create sculptures that are simple, diverse, and organic in nature. People use their own imagination to experience the sculpture on a personal level. One of my many admirers was holding one of my smaller works and said it brought them a sense of peace.
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 for them.
“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.
Group Shows & Exhibitions
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