Sculpting is my voice, the naked breath with which I place my inner realm on display for all to hear.
Sculpting began its seduction of me at the age of 40. As in my younger years, I was quite afraid of any art. The power of it, my strong draw to it, was one of the reasons that I stayed away from it. Raised in a family of lawyers, art was deigned to be a trivial pastime, as something that is lovely to look at, but of no real value in the world. It was not until after the beginning of my 40th year that I submitted to its custody of me. Finally realizing the extent of my fear, I acquiesced that it was something I needed to respect. I set specific times to delve into the art and found I had to hold myself to them as the resistance was forceful. It was not long until the forms began to take shape that the tears fell, sometimes for hours as I sculpted. The power that had worked so effectively to keep me away from it for so long, now embraced me and in doing so, took me over. I believe that each of us needs witness to our lives. Sculpting is my venue for putting into the world who I am and my process of being.
My intention is to touch others in a way that either shakes them or supports them in altering, enhancing or augmenting their view of the world. Through self exposure, it is my hope that the beholder will find some comfort or insight through identifying with my progression. It is my belief that the only way to change the masses is one heart at a time. Through exposure of my own heart, it is my hope that other hearts may be shifted to look into themselves and not only find the depth of what lies there, but the impetus to risk bringing it into the world.
Sculpting is not only a way to mark and expose who I am, but also a means for self-discovery. Having moved recently more completely into freer forms, I can begin a piece with only the knowledge that a certain shape or movement stirs me deeply. I am free to follow the stirring into whatever place it leads. Many times I am not aware of the totality of the piece, nor where I am traveling to until I arrive. A conduit that enables me to travel into uncharted territory within myself. I am within the process of the sculpture rather than the process of the sculpture being within me. It allows me full enclosure and unadulterated expression, as there is no need for figuring out why I travel in that direction. To sculpt is to find the perfectly imperfect form of total expression. Each piece claiming ownership of a moment in time, a reflection of what is, while clarifying the beauty of its exquisitely ample existence. The sculptures hold the essence within its own bounds. The art itself is validation for expression. The art itself as it exists is reason enough for it to be.
Bringing me to a place that I would not otherwise travel, I find tranquility amongst the questions and the choices. Creating my sculptures shows me parts of myself I did not know I had. The accomplishment of completing a piece gives me peace even though the subject matter may be painful. Articulating in form solves the questions raised and I need only to look at the piece to find the answers. Each time I view it, the sculpture expounds on the fundamental essence of the inquiry.
Sculpting gives me a voice and a path, it brings me home.
Carole Murphy's Work at RiverSea Gallery
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