Every spring, female snapping turtles leave their watery homes in order to lay their eggs on dry land. They can show up in unexpected places, crossing busy roads or digging their nests in a suburban front lawn. In this sculpture, Gemma wanted to evoke the feeling of unexpectedly encountering one of these ancient giants on land. Coming across an adult snapping turtle when you least expect it can be a frightening experience, but it also can also have a strong feeling of meeting another individual. As though the turtle is another person like you, busy with their own journey.
This life-sized common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is Gemma’s first foray into fine art bronze sculpture. Gemma drew heavily from scientific illustrations and skeletal examples to create an accurate sculpture that is still an expressive work of art. It is meticulously sculpted, right down to every last fold of scaly turtle skin.
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