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sculpture sculpture sculpture

Disequilibrium/Swoon

Aluminum, acrylic paint.
16 x 9 x 11 in.

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Disequilibrium      
           This series of gestural figurative sculptures shows people stumbling, tripping, lurching, and generally losing their balance.  Each is imbued with a sense of the motion of starting to fall, beyond any hope of recovery.  I have long had a melancholy attachment to falling as a metaphor for our lives.  It evokes our sense of dismay at the ever-widening gap between all we hope for and all we lay claim to, coupled with the near certain expectation of a dismal denouement.  I tried with this series of pieces to create figures that appear to be loosely and roughly painted in midair.  They were made by creating “brushstrokes” of wax, which were then assembled into a figure, cast in aluminum, and painted with acrylic paints.  My palette is generally that of the lushness of late summer and early fall, when there is just a hint of things starting to turn.  Painting a faltering figure so brightly lends poignancy to the image of falling and loss.