6/26/15 Notes to Myself:
Larger than life... Well this is a literal interpretation and what greeted me as I approached the entrance to The Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton,NJ. What came to my awareness was how paintings often have the same profound effect on my senses. What is it that makes a work of art feel "larger than life"? Is it how it impacts my internal landscape in the way this sculpture impacts the physical landscape? One can't deny the volume and presence of this couple. As large and monumental as they are there's a gentle almost caring quality about the piece. I like this image because the woman in the sculpture seems to be looking down at the visitor with a tone of compassion. It's a visual reference for me of how small mankind is in relation to the universe. The potential for work to be "larger than life" I think rests in all artists realm of capacity. As it also rests within the capability of the viewers experience. The determining factor may be more about humility on both ends and embracing our limitations. Recognizing that on some level there is something "larger than life" in all of us. I think art helps us do that!