Drat, Blast, Blow, trying very hard not to swear. Bother. Broken beyond repair, what a fool. I even had a little premonition that I was balancing the sculpture in rather a precarious way; but did not listen. Eckhart Tolle says, “ Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it”. Mmm, I am struggling with that one at the moment and cannot face starting again today. When it fell, I held the carving for a moment before letting it go. It was wedged between me and the bench. Why did I let it go? Perhaps I thought it was going to fall on my foot. Drat and double drat!
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Each form has to have lots of attention to make it look like its own entity. I get a bit obsessed with the significance of this but I do believe that the marble absorbs the attention that is lavished on it. This attention remains for ever,locked in the marble, which is, one of the things that makes sculpture so fascinating to me. There is a dark side of this too as the marble remembers all the rubbish too. Perhaps working on a simple rounded form you might be tempted to be a bit slapdash and persuaded into thinking that it did not matter. I think now that, learning from bitter experience, I am sure that it does matter. Perhaps the sculpture is no more than a vehicle for those feelings.
Monday, 7 December 2015
A new idea. The cylinder in the middle of this ring will be a sphere. A large sphere in a ring of smaller ones. The first bit goes quite fast as I have been chopping away happily. I know however that things will proceed much more slowly now as the space between the spheres will take time and slow careful work. My recent exploration into positive and negative space makes me wonder about the lumpy crescent shape that will arise here. I am not sure if the big sphere will want to be at the bottom or at the side or even hanging at the top. I shall mull over this and hope for some clarity over the next few days.