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New Work : 2005 - 2008
After many years of working with abstract imagery, in 2004 I began to incorporate some elements with representational or narrative context into my sculptural work. A trip to Paris, where I spent a lot of time in the Egyptian and Etruscan wings of the Louvre, left me with a vivid impression of the strength and impact of those stone and wood carvings that melded animal and human forms, or that allowed an image to remain only partially extracted from the surrounding natural material. To me, these works said much about the power of suggestion, and the power of leaving some things unsaid, where the mind of the individual is then the instrument of ‘completing’ the work. With this as a starting point, I have spent the past two years developing a body of work meant to walk the line between the conscious and the subconscious, or the defined and the undefined.
A series of readily identifiable components – including such things as a raven, an apple, a dove, a horse head – were selected both for the appeal of their line and color, as well as for their ambiguity of meaning. When incorporated into this body of work, the context is definitive; individual, recognizable components retain their own complex heritages or histories, depending on their varying symbolism in different cultures, faiths, or belief systems. This ambiguity of meaning is inherent to these representational sculptural elements, and the other abstract parts of the compositions are created around them, to impart or suggest the context. I have my own definite ideas about the meaning behind each of the sculptures in this series – and yet at the same time, I want them to be interpreted, at least in part, by the background or psyche of the individual viewer, independent of my own conceptual direction. I am interested in the intersection between the creator’s intention, and the viewer’s interpretation, because I believe that any common ground discovered there forms the basis, or energy, for our “collective unconscious” and the archetypal threads that tie us together as living, spiritual beings.
Copyright Sally Rogers 2013