General's Twin

by Kelsey Zalimeni

'General's Twin' protrudes from its hanging place with commanding presence and a sense of dignity exuding from the figure.  The piece only features the top portion of the swimmer, succeeding to convey a powerful stance despite the body's absent lower half.  This sculpture possesses a unique balance of grace and potency, achieved by a combination of delicate details and a carefully carved physique.

'General's Twin', 2009-2011 Oil on Resin, 24 x 15 x 8 inches, The Smithsonian Institute National Portrait Gallery

'General's Twin', 2009-2011

Oil on Resin, 24 x 15 x 8 inches, The Smithsonian Institute National Portrait Gallery

The soft, rosy lips of the swimmer work nicely with a similarly colored swimming top to emit rays of youthful, feminine beauty.  Her broad, athletic shoulders and toned abdomen communicate a formidable side to this woman.  With eyes closed and head held high, she basks in the glory of her own composition, yet another great testament to the accomplishments of her maker and the values she stands for. This piece is a particularly important work by Carole, as it is displayed at the Smithsonian Institute National Portrait Gallery.  Its acquisition by such a renown institution is not only a great accomplishment for Carole in her career, but an honor as a citizen of this country to contribute artwork to a national collection.