Bronze, Edition of 8
In 2003 I was accepted and honored to be invited to participate at the National Sculpture Society Figure Sculpture Competition co-hosted by Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. (a humbling experience indeed!) The competition between twelve nationwide sculptors was to sculpt a 36" figure from model in water based clay including armature building in 20 hours over a 5 day period. Wow! I felt honored and a little intimated at the same time. To prepare I hired a model and attempted to complete a sculpture within the time allowed. I sculpted two from this model and never completed within the 20 hours. So it goes........
While a very rewarding experience overall, needless to say I did not come close to winning this competition. I learned a lot! I don't sculpt anatomically, though I know anatomy of the figure. I sculpt emotionally. My sculptures are about humanity, individuals with stories and emotion, and I can't measure absorbing no less conveying such importance within the confining and stressful walls of time. The winning sculptors were well deserved, their work beautiful and articulate and I congratulate them. I confess, I did cry, but not because I didn't win anything, just a release of stress and emotion... most artists will relate to.
So, out of all of this comes "Diana". I'm proud of her and I don't want to change the way and the meaning of my sculpture.