In the beginning:
When asked me to write an artist statement for the sculpture, I said yes without blinking an eye. My understanding was, I would go through the genesis of the sculpture in explaining the experience of my journey while carving the flesh of the wood.
The reality we foresee this day is difficult to explain because the work is based on a strong feeling of faith. From the conception to the finished artwork, I tried to capture a moment in its eternity. The artist in me created something that she does not fully comprehend. The sculpture is the fruit of the changing seasons of my roots from soils of many cultures. It is also a strong belief in the divine rather than a proof in itself. I am just an instrument in His hands. This being said, I consider it is more important for the artwork to speak for itself without intervention or explanation.
Ideally, a two-way avenue of communication flows between the Creator and the viewer allowing his mind to wander in prayer. The visible is something different for everyone. While my explanation can be useful to the viewer for exploration and consideration, it can also limit or constrict the possible responses.
Photo courtesy of Matt Chase Photography
A Sculptural Prayer
Do not gaze at it
But sink into it through your eyes, and
Feel its intensity under your skin.
Do not just think about it, instead,
Meditate on it
Let it carry you to the unknown
Fast, Far and Forever
To a whole universe …
To embrace the glory of creation and