Libbie Persico


Libbie Persico

What inspires your art practice?
I love to work with sculpture, getting my hands into clay is always a good place to start. After years working as a massage therapist, I have discovered the joys of moulding the human figure to evoke emotion and engage the viewer.

I am particularly interested in spiritual transcendence and transformation.

Where do we go? What does it feel like? What does it look like? Will I still be me? There are lots of interesting and unanswerable questions to explore.

I have lived on Wellington’s South Coast for the last 28 years and live with my husband and daughter.

What materials do you work in?
I work with clay, wax, glass and bronze.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Fractured Rapture: This artwork explores the idea of spiritual and physical rapture. It is through shattering moments that we release what we think we know about ourselves and the world around us and start our journey into our true selves. The discovery lies within.

The Revelation Series of bronze faces makes a spectrum between nearly all there and nearly all gone, intended to confront people with ideas of nothingness and being only partly here in this world, raising questions of where we begin and end.

Where did you study?
The Learning Connexion

Sculptures by Libbie Persico

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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