Every once in a while I do a piece that, over time, I see in a new light. The piece will speak to me in a different 'voice' and request a change, an alteration that will present a new and more effective visual image. This was the case with my soapstone sculpture 'Myopia'. This sculpture was originally carved as a free standing piece of stone but, over time, I began feel that the form would benefit visually from being raised up in the air, so last year I elevated it on 2 copper tubes inserted in a mahogany board. I thought - now it's done!
Time passed. Recently I heard a familiar 'voice' calling..."I'm not done yet...you forgot the ladder!" I listened and found myself saying - yes, it needs a ladder (how else can you get inside my head?). It made perfect sense. Then I heard..."don't forget the keys!" Oh, yeah - of course! And last, but not least, I heard..."- and the dice!" There, now the visual story of this sculpture is complete. It's really done! The voice is quiet - for now.
Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.