Here’s a little piece I made recently, titled “Eternal”
It defines love and time, how, as everything else ages and changes around it, love itself doesn’t alter, it remains as bright, strong and vivid as it did when conceived.
The piece is made in two parts, the stem is a piece of iron, found on a beach after a storm. It’s corroded, heavily worn and slowly degrading – left outside as it is, it will eventuality disappear. This is life, ever changing, wearing us with age, changing us as each day passes. The heart, conversely, is hand forged from solid stainless steel, a material renowned for it’s corrosive resistance, it’s ability to withstand the forces of nature and its environment. This is love, never degrading, never weakened by life around it, continual.
It’s quite simplistic, but none the less I quite like it. It speaks of the essence that is love. I have spoken in previous posts how hard it can be to draw emotion out into a sculpture, however, love is not an emotion, it’s deeper than that, more like a state of being I think. Rather than try and portray this depth, the strength of feeling, the pain and the raw power, I’ve gone along an opposing path, depicting love in it’s most simple transparent form.
Generally, a sculpture portrays it’s meaning from its form, it’s shape, texture and often it’s placement – the material will of course have a bearing, but less so.
In this piece it’s the materials more than the form that give it it’s meaning – I’m not sure this is a common concept in sculpture, but it’s one I think I would like to explore further.
“Eternal” can be seen on the website in the near future.