I shall break my 3-month absence from this blog with happy news. My Little Buddha and buffalo rattles were accepted into a holiday show held at Radius Gallery in Missoula, MT. Yesterday, their online shop was opened. Today, I was excited to find out that one of my buffalo was already sold. This show includes Adrian Arleo's whose workshop I took 8 years ago. I feel tremendously honored to have my pieces displayed in the same gallery with my former instructor.
Click here or the image below to go to Radius Gallery's online shop.
Thank you for viewing my posts daily. The Sculpture in the Park Show allows the participating artists to bring a max of 15 pieces. I tried to cover a variety within the limit. These sculptures have been loaded into my car, and I am ready to hit the road.
The show will be held in Benson Park, Loveland, CO this weekend. I'll be in Tent B. Please come to say hello to me if you come.
The following two sculptures portray opposite aspects of human relations. "Life's Companions" are there for each other, as they row into the ups and downs of life (represented by the boat). I imagine they will remain intimate even though time passes and a physical distance may prohibit them from seeing each other often. On the other hand, those in "Close Yet Apart" are so much in pain because of their psychological and emotional distance. The base is a bridge, but it has a crack right in the middle.
My friend kindly responded to my ambivalence about my career with Anthony Harpoon's quote: "Do not be distracted by the sirens whose beautiful songs seduce the artist away from their own true mission. Let the maestros and maestras follow their passions while you follow yours, because being authentic is an art in and of itself." It resonated with me. The authenticity of my art lies in what I express. Let that be my unique song! Thank you Steve.
I often think about how difficult it is to nurture human relations. However, having a few true connections is vital for our well-being. Interdependence, a presence of support in the "waves" of hardship, is expressed in this sculpture. The wavy bases are leaning on each other, and so are the figures. The void in the middle of the waves can represent a part of the life process or how one sometimes feels. Regardless of the situation, the companion will be there for the other. The connection is the most precious gift in life.
Yesterday, I reflected upon my career as a professional artist. It has been 11 years since I taught myself how to sculpt from a magazine article. I have come a long way. However, browsing through a fellow show participant Kristine Poole's website, I realized how far I still had to go. This morning, the pressure was still heavy in my heart. I have been telling myself, "Don't compare yourself to others but try to be as best as you can. That is enough," but it is not easy. The Little Buddhas posted below are telling me the same thing, "Accept who you are and what you have achieved no matter how unacceptable you and your achievements may be."
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