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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Medieval Torture Sculpture + Evil Spirits = A Unique Garden Decor

It's an amazing facet of creative thinking where we begin with an idea that eventually materializes in a completely different way than we had originally imagined. I had started a sculpture where I wanted to explore the facial traumas that professional fighters endure for their chosen sport.

As I got further into the work however, I suddenly, and unexpectedly, changed direction and decided to parallel how politics, religion, the media, etc, etc, ad nauseum, attempts to control our thinking, day in and day out, by showing us the images and the stories that they think we should see or hear. What better way to expand on that idea than showing a device securely strapped over a head, which severely restricts our ability to hear and see, and that effectively silences our freedom of speech?
Even though I had never sculpted anything similar to this before, doing this garden art statuary bust was strangely cathartic for me. You may or may not agree with my thinking on this but you have to admit that mounting a casting of this head in your flower bed would forever protect you from evil spirits and create a very special garden decor aura all your own.

You may even attract a little attention from your neighbors in the process.

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