Most of my sculptures are inspired from books that I
read and feel passionate about. I particularly enjoy
doing monumental site specific sculpture globally.
I was commissioned to do a site specific sculpture for
the Hall of Fame, Wingate, Israel, to memorialize the
Jewish athletes that were killed in the Holocaust. The
powers that be at Yad Veshem approved of my
Chai/Life and it has been on exhibit since 1994.
I currently have 18 sculptures on exhibit in public
places internationally. Most are monumental in size.
The photograph of the 16.5 foot high Portal No 3,
Series 2bb, installed at a new entrance in Modiin,
Israel, was taken just after installation. The sculpture
needed time to rust over the weld and scuff marks
caused during installation. I have been doing a series
of Portals and I found it interesting to see my work evolve
into labyrinths and then into Finger Labyrinths and also
sculptures. Labyrinths are a form of Portal since walking them
can be considered a walking meditation that takes
you to your center. I have the definition of a Labyrinth
and a Why Walk the Labyrinth? document on my
I enjoy following Ockham's Razor theory that states,
"What can be done with less, is done with more in
Statement by the Director of
The Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art,
As written in the catalogue of Marcia Raff's one woman exhibition at the museum --
In the words of Henry Flood Robert, Jr, Director of the Jacksonville Museum of ContemporaryArt, Jacksonville, Florida:
"The work of Marcia Raff reflects two important and distinct factors found in
contemporary art today - delicacy and power. This unique combination is accomplishment which is testimony to Marcia Raff's concern for impeccable execution and strong geometric forms. Acute attention to detail, finishes and surface texture move in and out of Marcia's work like a Cartier jeweler. Often influenced by the power of words, her "word symbols", which adorn many of her pieces are symbolic of her life's experiences, triumphs and tragedies.
Beautifully crafted, through the use of diverse mediums, Marcia presents the viewer with an exciting variety of cast bronze, brass, ceramics and steel."
Statement by Superintendent at Ward Pound Ridge
"Marcia Raff describes herself as a "professional sculptor interested in all that has to do with evolving consciousness".
A member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, of the International Sculptors Society, USA and an
Exhibiting Artist Member of the National Arts Club, USA, Marcia Raff draws inspiration from books she feels
passionate about. "Like architect Richard Meier, I strive for purity, simplicity and clarity", she states, adding,
"I like my work to have meaning and have it resonate emotionally. I particularly enjoy doing monumental site-specific
sculpture internationally as well as nationally". Raff lists among her heroes (she also describes them as teachers)
French sculptor Rodin, Romanian born sculptor Constantin Brancusi, American painter Georgia O'Keeffe, British writer
Arthur Koestler, Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and Nobel prize winning American physicist Richard Feynman.
The record of Raff's achievements makes clear her fascination with monumental sculpture. She has either exhibited or
received commissions to create monumental works in places as diverse as the entrance to the Israeli community of
Macabbim (Serendipity, 1997), the University of Florida's Hilton Hotel and Conference Center (Feynman's Fancy) 1998,
that University's School of Architecture (Columns 1, 2 & 3, Series III, 1992) and the School of Journalism (either/or, 1993),
the New York City Park District's facilities at Broadway Malls (Columns 1, 2 & 3, Series III, 2006) at the New York City's
Broadway Malls at Verdi Square (Feynman's Fancy, 2006), Westchester Park District's Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (Columns 1, 2 & 3, Series III),
Port Warwick, Virginia, (Columns 1, 2 & 3, Series III), Modiin, Israel, (Portal No. 1, Series 3aa, 12 ft high), Hall of Fame, Wingate, Israel, (Chai/Life ),
Weizmann Institute's Clore Garden of Science, Rehovot, Israel, (Feynman's Fancy), a corporation in London, England, (Columns 1, 2 & 3, Series I)
Raff's work has been exhibited in many public places, galleries and museums. In 1997 she was awarded a one woman exhibit at
the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida. Twelve of her monumental sculptures are on exhibit internationally.
The Royal Academy of Arts, London, England thought so highly of her work it accepted four of her sculptures in three Summer Exhibitions (1989, 1991 and 1992).
In September of 2006, Raff had a one woman exhibit at Gracious Home exhibiting twenty three of her sculptures. Clearly, Raff intended
that some of her creations, such as Helping Hands, 3's A Crowd and McDonald's News Column (you can view these at www.marciaraffstudio.com)
amuse the viewer. But one of her works, a stone sculpture entitled "Gravestone": Portal No. 3 is sobering. Displayed in Hadeed Cemetery, Israel,
"Gravestone" is the tombstone of her late husband, Marshall Raff. On it, there is a yet-to-been graved stone panel where her name will someday
appear next to her husband's.
Commenting on Marcia Raff's 1997 exhibition at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, museum director Henry Flood Robert, Jr.
offered the following observation:
"The work of Marcia Raff reflects two important and distinct factors found in contemporary art today - delicacy and power.
This unique combination is an accomplishment which is testimony to Marcia Raff's concern for impeccable execution and strong geometric forms.
Acute attention to detail, finishes and surface texture move in and out of Marcia's work like a Cartier jeweler.
Often influenced by the power of words, her "word symbols", which adorn many of her pieces, are symbolic of her life's experiences,
triumphs and tragedies. Her sculptures are beautifully crafted. Through the use of diverse mediums, Marcia presents the viewer with an
exciting variety of cast bronze, brass, ceramics and steel. She is one of the few artists who can change mediums and almost immediately
create sculptures that are successful".
Why Do I Make Portals?