ENDANGERED: Fine Art & Photography Contest 2018 Submission.
I begin a sculpture with only character and situation in mind--never consciously with a point I want to make, a theme to illustrate. As I work sometimes my mind shuts off and intuition and hands are free to do as they please. Frequently they show me something I’d never thought of.
Lately I find myself sculpting figures that combine human form with elements of nature, plant life and animal. A woman struggles to free herself from the cocoon of a milkweed plant. A lion with massive mane has the face of a female Buddha. From a shagbark hickory tree, a woman emerges crowned with a bird’s nest holding blue eggs. Boundaries are broken: male/female, plant/animal, human/divine. I want the parts put together to make sense, not literally but somehow.
Sculpting the piece, not decorating it, is where I find my joy. Technically I most enjoy finding the right texture to bump up against another texture and discovering where one curve curves into another curve.
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