"A painter takes three dimensions and converts to two. I take three dimensions and convert to four. It is the added dimension of time suspended that I want to explore."
I visualized a swimmer alone in the water … I saw her serene and tranquil… at peace…..
Serenissima is the historical name of Venice. It is feminine and means serene, peaceful, or calm. The meaning came from the Latin meaning "clear, tranquil, and serene.” This name belonged to an obscure early saint. Also, it was used by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queen' (1590). The physical sense of being at peace derived from the act of submerging in water suggests the importance of an ordinary and universal activity.
"I named the sculpture 'Quan'. It depicts a woman in a yoga position balancing on a medicine ball. 'Quan' is the Chinese name for the 'goddess of compassion'. The name is short for Gaunshiyin which means 'observing the sounds (or cries) of the world'. 'Quan' is also derived from the Chinese words for 'coin' and 'power'. The goddess is traditionally depicted looking or glancing down, symbolizing her watching over the world. In my interpretation, I have balanced the figure perfectly on a sphere which represent the world. Her poise and balance represents mental steadiness and emotional stability, calm behavior and judgment."
What does ‘strength’ really mean? To me it is not just the physical, but the emotional, the ability to overcome, to endure, to be able to admit when we are wrong, to be a person that stands up for others. My sculpture pictured above means all those things.
The Golden Mean, is the epitome of my quest for balance in life. It depicts a male diver doing a handstand and balancing while towering sixteen feet into the sky. It’s title refers to the actual mathematic ratio describing balance and proportion called ‘The Golden Mean’. Both ancients and moderns realized that there is a close association in mathematics between beauty and truth. The poet John Keats, in his Ode on a Grecian Urn: “Beauty is truth, truth beauty”. To Aristotle, ‘The Golden Mean’ was a desirable middle between two extremes—one of excess and the other of deficiency. Buddhist philosophy also includes this concept of the middle way; to lean too far in either direction might cause one to fall, but to achieve ‘The Golden Mean’ is to strive for perfect balance, the path to enlightenment, and virtue. The gesture of the figure’s pose, and the degree of his beautifully curved arch, were critical decisions for me to maintain harmony and achieve that perfect ratio.
The Hindu goddess Durga inspired me to create my monumental painted bronze sculpture called Durga-Ma. Timeless, in many cultures, she is revered as the mother of the universe. In my sculpture, I portray her sitting in complete tranquility upon the sacred Lotus Flower. I present her with balance, power and determination. She is a figure with immense presence. Durga’s symbolism, coupled with the flower, which opens in the morning after three days of being closed, is the story of life.