The language of Form:
Convex, concave and flat surfaces are for sculpture what the three primary colours are for painting. They each have their own qualities. With all the variations and combinations of these three gestures, we have endless possibilities to express ideas and feelings in form.
In its raw form clay, wood, stone… are pure matter, lifeless and at the mercy of gravity. It is only through our own doing, our own will, that we change that matter. We ‘trans-form’ it, bring it into levity, into a seemingly living state. We elevate it and make it ‘speak’ an idea.
Sculpture works with the sense of touch. The clay and water on our hands is a gentle way of stimulating this.
Our skin, the organ for our sense of touch, tells us about the boundary between ourselves and the world, where do I end and the world begins. When sculpting, we only ever work on the surface of our forms, on the boundary of what is the inside of the form and on the outside, and so helps us to strengthen our own sense of boundary.
It helps us to gather and focus our attention. Both children and adults can benefit from this in a time when we are constantly drawn out into a world full of sense impressions, it gives us time to slow down.
Developing our inner sense of form, listening to the dialogue between the emerging form and sculptor, develops our senses of movement and balance. We constantly read our work, and sense where it is in proportion or not, where it needs adjusting till it ‘feels’ just right.
Metamorphosis is more than growth, it is a new impulse that changes the direction something goes in. It is a transformation.
Life offers continual opportunities for metamorphosis and practicing through sculpture builds skills for life, through trans-forming ourselves and so, how we can stand in the world.
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