This is a continuation from a novice’s point of view about sculptures that I captured as they appealed to me at the India Art Fair 2014. It is my attempt to pick on some famous people’s thoughts which seemed to be echoing mine as a student of art, ever since I learnt to draw.
Sculpture occupies real space like we do… you walk around it and relate to it almost as another person or another object.
The impulse for me to want to make sculpture is because I want to make statements, really, on a purely emotional level. And it’s also somewhat of a challenge to see how that can be done with materials and objects that really are not emotional, in and of themselves.
Sculpture is more divine, and more like Nature, / That fashions all her works in high relief, / And that is Sculpture. / This vast ball, the Earth, / Was moulded out of clay, and baked in fire; / Men, women, and all animals that breathe / Are statues, and not paintings.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In my opinion, everything, every shape, every bit of natural form, animals, people, pebbles, shells, anything you like are all things that can help you to make a sculpture.
I would like to carve my novel in a piece of wood.
I’d worry about eating my sculpture if it began suddenly crawling on its own.
The jargon of sculptors is beyond me. I do not know precisely why I admire a green granite female, apparently pregnant, monster with one eye going around a square corner.
There’s something imminent in the work, but the circle is only completed by the viewer.