Finding inspiration to craft a sculpture is never hard for me – the creation on the other hand can be more difficult to achieve.
A lot of my pieces stem from my sense of humour, created to release my droll inner wit. Often designed somewhat tongue in cheek, they hopefully bring smiles to faces and exude and portray the fun I had in creating them – that is certainly the intention at least.
Some are more of an experiment in mixing engineering elements with artistic undertones, whilst others are drawn out with more depth, displaying the emotions that simmer within.
These are the harder ones to create, persuading the emotions to translate into a sculpture with the right level of raw power that it deserves.
There’s an enormous bravery in an emotional piece for me, it’s the equivalent to striking up a conversation with a total stranger on the subway and pouring out all the pent up troubles on them. The opening of the soul in this way deserves praise when it’s done to good effect.
Which brings me onto this piece. This is as raw, powerful, and emotionally open as a sculpture can be.
It’s a gravestone in the Mt. Macedon Cemetery, Victoria, Australia.
The sculptor, Peter Schipperheyn, created the piece in marble on behalf of Christina Matheson, the widow of Laurence Matheson, who passed away in 1987.
The pain, the devoted love and the overpowering emptiness of loss are so powerfully conveyed….
There are pieces that amaze, make us stand in awe, make us think and make us laugh….this one however just makes me cry….
(photo courtesy of cultofweird.com)