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I utilize the human figure frequently in my work. I appreciate the anatomical complexity of the varying layers of flesh and bone and, more importantly, the incredible expressiveness that can be achieved through the slightest change of gesture or position. The human body's muscle structure, combined with the flexibility and range of motion of the skeleton, provide the potential for endless combinations of gestures, both grand and subtle, that can, in turn, create endless expressions of mood and attitude. I am fascinated by the limitless options available to communicate a feeling or emotion. I can change the tilt of the head or the curve of the back...I can clench a fist or point a finger...I can collapse or stand tall... I can reach out or shy away. With just the smallest change of a gesture I can produce feelings of joy, wonder, sadness, fear, triumph or uncertainty. Look at your own hand - slowly rotate it and imagine how the meaning of the gesture would change as it rotates. What if you change the position of your fingers? Your arm? What if you looked away?
* Complete images of these sculptures can be viewed in the Sculpture section of this website.
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.