by Kelsey Zalimeni
The sand-cast bronze 'Giving and Taking II' depicts two lovers locked in an amorous embrace. The title implies an egalitarian ideal for relationships, striving for stasis through constant reciprocation. The focus is cropped to the trunk and arms of the figures for emphasis on the physical and emotional exchange between them.
The sculpture achieves a deep sensuality without overt, literal exposure. There is a tantalizing secrecy to the encounter, as both figures shield one another from the outside world. They emerge together from the wall, bound in their union and determined to remain indivisible.