There is something magical that occurs between me and the woman I am sculpting. Of course, the years of having my hands and eyes in the clay lend me to trust the process in a way that I am able to be completely present. For that I am grateful.
On the second day of working together it became even clearer what this piece is about for both of us. The integration of opposites, being at a crossroads, exposure and vulnerability, containment and release – so many things that are deeply personal to each of us. We understand each other. She brings her whole heart and it is expressed in her movement.
This piece is moving inordinately fast. Even I am surprised. I feel like I'm being led. I started out thinking I was just going to do a torso but before you know it there was a portrait and I'm moving up into the arms – maybe even arms and hands – a full floating figure.
Here is the progression of day 2 with Sarah: