Limestone, steel, slate. 1987. 5″ with base. Private Collection.
This way of representing a human face reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what it is. Something about symmetry. Something about seeing, hearing, and feeling while moving through the world. Something about experiencing it. This is the quality of my experience, moment by moment, when I am most fully alive. It reminds me of the intense alertness that I observed in wild animals throughout my research career, and that they observed in each other and in me.
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How can four smooth surfaces accomplish all that, together with pieces of scrap metal and pool table slate? Two concave surfaces mirror each other left and right. Convex and concave surfaces complement each other front and back. Six smoothly curving edges. Four sharp points.
Have I been dreaming through the world all my life? I am beginning to suspect the answer.
Photos by Lee Gass