Paul Kroner’s ongoing series of Twoods includes bronze and resin sculptures, paintings and animations. These enigmatic characters have appeared in multiple shows and galleries in New England and the Midwest, and are highly regarded and in private collections nationally.
Cloaked in a monk-like robe, Twoods are designed to be genderless and emotionally ambiguous. Void of expression, their exposed extremities reveal their inner humanity while their individual gestures and interactions with one another are open to interpretation. Are they affectionate or combative, happy or sad, resigned or resilient? It is up to the viewer to decide.
Twood Origin Story
I grew up in a large family and we all worked together in the family-owned dry cleaning business. You use lots of twist ties in the dry cleaning world, and my mom would make little twisted figures out of them and leave them around the shop for us to find.
They became known as Twoods.
“You’re such a twood” became a common expression in our household, used either as a term of endearment or ridicule–you could never be sure.
As I completed the first of this series, “Twood” seemed the most appropriate way to describe the twists and turns of its possible meanings.
The ambiguity of the form surprised and intrigued me. They became my muse during a period of transition, helping me explore and make sense of the duality of the human condition, interpersonal relationships, and yearning.