sculpt the figure to express yearning. I am intrigued by inner conflicts and
the ability to overcome what seems insurmountable. Although these aspects of
the human condition are timeless - their
expressions change with time.
is imbedded in increased uncertainty, mobility and isolation. These aspects have
prompted a new dictionary of aesthetic forms that deliver a message of rawness,
"process" and speed. No longer anecdotal, pleasing and
"finished", the contemporary figure reflects on old issues in a
manner which anchors it in the here and now.
standing-alone figures are contemporary in their interpretation. I use
bronze-casting method to create un-decorative figures that convey their raw
truth in rough, scarred and "grated" surface. Their universality
strips them from any detail of time and place, but their struggle between
strength and vulnerability sends out a current voice.
choice of gender serves the statement: males carry a single dominant quality, while females
embody a sense of duality. In contemporary life, I find that females’ conflict
has taken a new expression: while their muscularity and large size reflects on
the gender’s newly acquired strength, their movement continues to convey
vulnerability. I exaggerate both aspects
and increase the emotional nakedness by leaving the women bald.
parts of the body - hands in particular - is a way of "framing" the
message. Physically, the hands are the
paragon of a movement and the quickest to react; architecturally, they are versatile
as they change their appearance with every movement; and emotionally, they are often
used for gestures of conflict and yearning. As standing alone sculptures, hands lose their
gender’s identity and act as a metaphor of enduring desire to reach out and
is what we have lost – and yearn for. It
is a wonderful testament to human resolve that experiencing life with greater
anxiety has not diminished the power of yearning. Although it stems from absence, yearning holds
the promise that in the conflict between reality and desire – desire wins to
take us beyond current boundaries.