mold, then cast the work in plaster.
Although some clients want their
ornaments gilded, Bedard prefers to leave
the material unadorned. “I like wall pan-
els with a simple profile and little erup-
tions of ornament, like you see in Georgian
The firm, which also has an office in
Los Angeles, has collaborated with prom-
inent architects such as Robert A. M. Stern
and has done mouldings for the homes of
Oprah Winfrey and Mark Wahlberg. But
Bedard’s personal ambition is to work in
the public realm, making sculptures that
“inspire people to take an interest and
national pride in the history of Amer-
ica.” Classicism, she says, “helps peo-
ple understand the weight and power of
If all this sounds surprisingly con-
servative coming from someone under 30,
Bedard is unapologetic. “This is the kind
of art the majority of citizens relate to,” she
says. “It’s not abstract and alienating to
the general public.” However, she also sug-
gests there’s something rebellious about
embracing a style that’s been out of fash-
ion in recent decades. “It’s my own way of
being different,” she says.
Emily Bedard emilybedard.com. Foster Reeve
& Associates Inc., 1155 Manhattan Avenue, Unit
1011, Brooklyn, NY; 718-609-0090; fraplaster.com.
the building that is home to Foster Reeve was
originally a mill where marine rope was made.
Bedard says its high-ceilinged, many-windowed
fourth floor works well for the firm’s sculpture
studio, where commissions are often large-scale
and highly detailed.
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