Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sculpture and Time

There’s whatever story the sculpture is about......

But under that, there’s an intense stillness that is encoded within the object.
Obviously that stillness is made up of the physical material: wood, stone bronze.
But there is also something else....
St Francis by Patrick Gracewood ©2013
Carving sculpture is a long slow process.
I believe that all the time of its creation is contained within the finished art.

That energy can be released by a viewer willing to invest being with the art. Looking.
Being patient, looking out at the art and at the world, the sculpture can trigger thoughts or simply observations of the day: "It's begun to rain." or "Those shadows have moved."

Sculpture can be a mirror of a particular moment, as the world is constantly changing.
Its stillness can contain a great deal.

That’s why my sculpture is best in gardens.
There’s a greater chance of that engagement happening in a garden than anywhere else.

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