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A work of inspiration

  • Carol Lake of Dublin specializes in painting and sculpting animals, as seen in her office below. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Carol Lake of Dublin has been named the sculptor-in-residence at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Carol Lake of Dublin has been named the sculptor-in-residence at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Carol Lake of Dublin has been named the sculptor-in-residence at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Carol Lake of Dublin has been named the sculptor-in-residence at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Carol Lake of Dublin has been named the sculptor-in-residence at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, September 07, 2017

Dublin artist Carol Lake’s dream has come true, as she’s been named the sculptor-in-residence at the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site in Cornish.

“I keep pinching myself because Saint-Gaudens has always been a hero of mine, always,” Lake said from her Dublin studio.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens remains one of the finest American sculptors, known for works like “Diana” and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial on Boston Common, as well as a number of public Civil War statues (of Union soldiers).

“Saint-Gaudens’ work is not only figuratively, anatomically correct, it has passion and power and it has spirit in it,” Lake said. “The bronze has spirit.”

Lake, a painter and sculptor herself, has long admired the man’s work; now, she can take an immersive masterclass simply by walking the grounds of the Cornish National Park site at which she’s working and teaching classes.

“If I get stuck, I get to go and look at his stuff, right there,” Lake said. “It’s almost like he’s a virtual teacher, because I can go there and see ‘How did he handle this profile?’ ‘What did he do with the lips in this angle?’ ‘How did he solve this problem in perspective and portraiture?’ So it’s a very unique opportunity for me. I love sharing it, I love telling people about it and explaining why he was, and is, this country’s preeminent, most wonderful sculptor.”

Lake specializes in painting and sculpting animals, trying to capture the essence of the creature as she creates it with clay or brush.

“What is it that gives it that spirit, that gives it that life, that uncertain presence of realness?” Lake said. “I try to be that animal. You try to think in your head, ‘What is that animal? Is it elegant, is it silly, is it pensive – what is it?’ And then you just try to feel that.”

For more information about Lake’s workshops or the Cornish National Park site, visit nps.gov/saga/index.htm.