I have always been a drawer and a painter. I’ve loved physical spaces and depicting them with an instrument onto paper and canvas.
However, one of my first art classes to my memory was a ceramics class. I made a bowl for my mother. It was blue and purple, and I think it had a red heart in the middle. My teacher had long brown hair, wore maxi skirts and always had on crazy earrings. A typical “art teacher” type. I remember this because I loved drawing girls with long skirts and long hair at that time.
I believe that bowl was the moment when my parents realized ceramics were not going to be my claim to fame.
Sculpture has rarely intrigued me as a medium to explore.
In Art History courses, however, I was fascinated by the abilities of the Renaissance sculptures. In Bernini’s work, you are compelled to take it in twice before deciphering that it is indeed stone and not human flesh rising and falling with breath or sweating and wreathing in agony.
Rodin’s work causes you to contemplate the ability of human hands to express our experiences and convey so much- even unattached to the body.
And even as I studied them in class, it was when I saw them in real life that I became captivated by them, as so many others before me.
I saw this one my sophomore year of college while I studied abroad in Greece. I stood for several moments entirely still and in awe of it. And while I have always loved this temple since I studied and wrote about it in high school, I was all the more intrigued by it when I saw it on that same trip to Greece.
I saw the Winged Victory a few years later in Paris, and while I had seen several reproductions of (thanks to my Alma Mater) it was just as stunning as could be, and the setting of the Louvre is an incredible one.
I’ve recently added sculpture as a category to my list of necessary elements in a well curated home and art collection. The quality of the material of marble, wood, bronze etc. , and presence of sculpture adds a rich texture to any interior or exterior for that matter. Art and sculpture of all kinds are collected as a luxury. It elicits an emotional response and should be added tastefully to one’s own space with consideration to scale, style, and subject matter.
Whether your selected piece is a bust and pedestal or an abstract piece by an artist you cannot resist, there are several spots in your home that are eager to accept such a beautiful layer. Depending on the piece, you may choose a side table, or a mantle; or to display it on a pedestal in front of a window; on a sofa console table; amid your literature collection. The possibilities for this medium within an interior setting are great!
Some examples from Architectural Digest.
Some pieces I muse upon from time to time.
Michael Aram Icarus Sculpture, golden animals!, great danes, John-Richard Collection Floating Ginkgo Leaves Sculpture,an art deco piece by Marcel Renard.
Since I have a strong pull to figure study sculpture, I am curious what type of sculpture you like the most? Abstract pieces like this? Or are you more a Bernini fan, like myself?