Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Art of Eileen O'Donnell

Diverged by Eileen O'Donnell

These sculptures contain a great deal of technical skill but they are also loaded with meaning. O'Donnell is heavily influenced by ancient cultures and traditions. Her work isn't simply a reference to history; it binds history to the present by referring to a commonality of experience. We have many of the same questions about existence and we feel the same emotions. Love, fear and anger, is a part of being human and they exist in every age. These are not simply decorative objects. They trigger the mind and raise questions about who we are.

The Well by Eileen O'Donnell

The Past

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there"- Leslie Poles Hartley

My past features a person I don't fully recognize; that person is myself. We change and grow with time, and who we were becomes a small aspect of  who we are now. I believe that I did not know how to express myself fully. Therefore I expressed pieces that were not complete. The notion of a complete self is a complicated one, which involves a lot of self knowledge. I presumed that there was no space in my world for deeper conversations and so I remained quiet or joked. Then when I finally found the courage to speak I found that my personal world did not feature people who would listen. Now, my life is different because I begin by expressing my complete self and my relationships form around who I am. My personal world allows the space for me to be myself because I also allow for that space.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bijian's Sculpture

Incubating by Bijian

Bijian's started by making paper sculptures and then expanded to metal, polymer and wood. He has managed to retain their delicate beauty, while creating sculptures with a classic feel. In the sculpture Incubating the solid form of the egg is complemented by the elegant structure of the bird. In the sculpture Composure, Bijian uses stainless steel. It is a material that is cold and hard and yet it is sculpted into a form that contains none of those properties. The metal is sculpted into the, elegant beauty and grace, of the abstract bird.

Composure by Bijian

Half of a Prophet

"The heart is half a prophet"- Jewish Proverb
The heart is our greatest teacher and spiritual adviser. It knows all our greatest needs and will always lead us in the direction that is right for who we are. No other leader or prophet could understand us so completely. It is the perfect guide and teacher.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Self Portrait in New York

Self Portrait by Jina Wallwork

The image is based on a photo taken during October 2009. The piece has been donated to The Creative Center for their Arts in healthcare annual fundraiser.

30th September 2010
The University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street
New York NY
United States

Keepers of the Record

"There is no word or action but has its echo in Eternity. Thought is an Idea in transit, which when once released, never can be lured back, nor the spoken word recalled. Nor ever can the overt act be erased All that thou thinkest, sayest, or doest bears perpetual record of itself, enduring for Eternity."- Pythagoras

We are the greatest keepers of that record. We retain knowledge of every cruel word we have ever spoken. We hold it within ourselves and we attach it to layers of regret. The past cannot be undone. Regret will dissolve if we can alter our behavior when a similar situation presents itself. When we have learned from the past, regret will be removed but not forgotten. We must remember the path of how we learned to behave in a more loving way. From this we learn how to forgive others and we learn how to forgive ourselves.

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Sun

"The warm sun was shining on us."Is this not love?" I asked, pointing in the direction from which the heat came. "Is this not love?" It seemed to me that there could be nothing more beautiful than the sun, whose warmth makes all things grow. But Miss Sullivan shook her head, and I was greatly puzzled and disappointed."-Helen Keller

Life is possible because of the universe that surrounds us. The sun provides a great deal and we could not survive without it. To have the blessing of life and be aware of everything that supports this life, we should feel very loved. I can understand why Helen Keller felt that the sun must be love. I see it as an example of how we are loved.

In Bed by Ron Mueck

This video shows the installation of the sculpture 'In Bed' by Ron Mueck. Ron Mueck's  sculptures are best viewed in person. When looking at a photo they appear real and it is their size that alter your perception. A realistic figure sleeping becomes something different when you interact. You begin to relate the size to your own and it creates an interesting experience.  

Ron Mueck Studio