Giving and Taking II

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.

"Giving and Taking II", 2008 Bronze, 24 x 7 x 8 inches, Collection of Rudolf Gutlich

"Giving and Taking II", 2008

Bronze, 24 x 7 x 8 inches, Collection of Rudolf Gutlich

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.