The main theme of Oppenheim's work is primarily to render personal responses to the female form. The plurality of her work focuses on range: bronze figurative nude sculptures, drawings, encaustics, paintings, ceramics, print and mixed media and photography.
Oppenheim's studio is in Maine. She studies occasionally at The Art Students League in Manhattan as well. Her formal education began at Bowdoin College where she has exhibited. Oppenheim has studied at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, New Jersey with sculptor Janice Mauro and the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. Sculptures are bronzed at local foundries, including New Foundry New York, Inc., Stewart Sculpture Casting and Polich Tallix, a full service foundry that caters to sculptors such as Tom Otterness and Frank Stella.
Oppenheim is an Artist Member of the Edward Hopper House Art Center, and a former Associate member of The National Sculpture Society and The Art School of Old Church. She previously served on the Development Committee at The Edward Hopper House Art Center. Oppenheim is also a member of Fine Arts, Fine Art Professionals and Collectors, The Art Students League of New York, and participates at the Modern Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art programming.
Oppenheim has shown work at The Edward Hopper House, The Art School of Old Church, The Clay Art Center in Port Chester, The Gene Reed Gallery, Maria Luisa of Nyack, Bowdoin College, Rockland Center for the Arts, The All Souls Church in Suffern, and Johnnycakes of Nyack. Her work is on permanent exhibition at 8 North Broadway and Johnnycakes on Main Street in Nyack, New York.
Oppenheim is a Mainer whose upbringing fostered a respect for the ocean, the mountains, the woodlands and lakes, the value of a home cooked meal with family, and all the glorious people she has met during her adventures along the way. You cannot make old friends when you are old. As her children tenderly say to her, "It wasn't nature, mom, it was nurture. It was you." These are the sweetest words that she has ever heard.
Oppenheim has summited Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.), the highest peak in Africa; the Salkantay route (20,574 ft.), the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range and part of the Peruvian Andes ending in Machu Picchu; Mt. Katahdin (5,287 ft.), the highest mountain in Maine; San Gabriel Mountains, Henninger Flats in the Angeles National Forest (2,600 ft.) and climbed into the Khumba Icefall but did not summit Mt. Everest, the Earth's highest mountain dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven," a path many a great adventurer has journeyed along one of the world's most beautiful and challenging routes (17,598 ft. at Everest Base Camp). It is not one skill but a true quantum leap that leaves no part untouched. With no exception, a person's level of commitment reflects an understanding of what one is willing to achieve.
A woman who summits a mountain didn't fall there. Anything done at a high level of excellence always intrigues because it is the ultimate expression of being human--that an individual does something that they did not have to do. For Oppenheim, it wasn't just the beauty of the exercise and the difficulty of it that made it worthwhile and very pleasurable. It was the somatic walking away, the "letting go" up and down mountains. Powerful impulses govern our responses to overwhelming life events whether we realize it or not.
To make her trek on Mt. Everest more meaningful, Oppenheim raised awareness and funds and sent a woman and mother who is a victim of domestic abuse to a highly sought after empowerment retreat to work with peak-performance experts to help her create necessary, life-changing results. Most good people try to honor their commitments and keep their families together. Can you choose who you're attracted to? Maybe not at first. But you can 100% stop investing in people who treat you poorly--it is a waste of time and a turn-off. Violence against women does not have to ruin a woman's life. We should not be complicit or silently accept that intimidation, physical, psychological, emotional and financial abuse quietly hides in our communities. Abusive people cannot run from themselves forever; eventually they have to face themselves and what they have done. The #MeToo movement has prompted an ongoing national reckoning with regard to the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Domestic violence needs to be busted open as well. The statistics are sobering: every day, on average, three or more women are killed in the U.S. by either their husbands or boyfriends. Observing misery doesn't help anyone. What helps is action. For Oppenheim, more fulfilling than standing on Mt. Everest is the ability to change a victim of domestic abuse's life for the better, especially a single mother whose children are living in her home. If we cannot respect and allow especially the abused the opportunity to have respect in their life, they and their children will not believe that the world is kind and good. They will be disengaged everywhere they go, and it will follow them in their lives.
Women have an innate desire to be taken care of, to be treasured, and to feel safe. Men should provide that. Ask yourself these thorny questions: how, if at all, is violence against women different from other types of violence? What shifts in thinking about this issue is necessary to finally eradicate it? How does the toleration of domestic violence shape people's expectations and sense of entitlements? Ask the questions. Become an activist. It feeds you. Oppenheim has been asked to speak about the issues of domestic abuse.
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