Connie McSilver is an artist with an unconventional background. In addition to being an extraordinary sculptor and painter, Connie McSilver also is a noted psychoanalyst, acclaimed social worker, and a philanthropist. Combined with her indelible sense of humor, her work reflects her fascination with people, her belief in the sole spirit and soul whether interpreted through happiness and joviality or sadness and sorrow. Her art dictates this partiality for people through inherent humor and colorful extravagance. Her drawings and two and three-dimensional works depict a camouflaged and masked human figure that transcends into a fantasy world.
“I draw my inspiration from people around me”. Connie McSilver
When did you realize that you want to be an artist?Let me tell you how I started this. This will go all the way to my grandmother. My
grandmother had Alzheimer’s. I was about 8 years old and my job was to take my grandma out for a walk. We would go for a walk and she would hold my hand and she would see things. “Connie, there are men in the trees! Be careful,” she’d exclaim. I’d tell her that I don’t see anything and she would point at the branch and outline the figure of a man for me.
Do all of your sculptures start from your initial painting?
Yes, indeed. All of my sculptures start from a painting. If I’m going to do a 3D sculpture, I sculpt out all sides, but I always start with a flat and go from there. I have loads of fun doing it all. Both your drawings and sculptures are very
Have you considered doing black and white pieces?
I do have some black and white pieces, but they all have at least a touch of color.
Where do you take all of your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from people around me-from people in general. You use little pieces of everybody. I don’t do much thinking; I just sit down and start working on the piece. I’m in my mid-70s. At that age, you know a lot of fascinating people, and so my pool of inspiration is never dry.
You are 74 years old and you are so youthful and active. What is your secret?
The secret is to keep busy; every second of every day. I just had an amazing thing happen to me that doesn’t usually happen to women. I have been made a Vice Chairman of the board The New York University. I am also hoping to sell my artwork in quantity as I want to be able to donate meaningful profits to help with student aid at the school as well.