Copper Tritscheller (b. 1956) is a bronze sculptor living and working in Florida. Drawn to what she considers "misunderstood" animals, much of Tritscheller's work centers around burros and bats. As a pack animal, the burro, or donkey, has been the backbone in building most civilizations. By carrying loads greater than themselves, they have made moving, building, and creating possible, and yet society has undervalued them and reduced them to a stereotype. Similarly, bats are responsible for most of the fruit we enjoy today. They help control the bug population and in return, society is rapidly destroying their natural habitats and have branded them all as rabies carriers. Tritscheller firmly believes that society owes these animals thanks and respect.
Strongly influenced by Javier Marin, Mario Marini and Leonard Baskin, Tritscheller’s works are more concerned with evoking feelings from the viewer, rather than the physical reality of the sculpture. Her animals communicate, tell stories, and share their wisdom. For this reason, Tritscheller’s subjects are often found in playful and endearing postures. She often morphs human aspects into each animal to provide context and relatability. Tritscheller’s body of work has gained an international following and she can be found in galleries throughout the US, China, and Taiwan.
“I don’t have premeditated ideas I want to convey but I do want to spark something akin to primal emotion – a feeling or thought that connects you at that moment with what you are looking at. I take animals which have caused an emotional response in me and try to share that feeling with my work.”