24″ x 19″ x 19″
“I am currently in my final year of high school. Throughout my life, I have grown tremendously in my art through observation, experience, and memory; all of which endlessly cultivate inspiration and creativity. This passion has always played an important role in translating the incomprehensible through expression in art.
Recently, I have discovered that my inner creative voice strives for artistic expression through the subject of human nature; such as suppressed emotions, buried memories, and profound human relationships. So, in my eleventh grade art class, I was given the task of creating a passion sculpture out of a chosen emotion. In the end, I decided upon the emotion of ‘overwhelm’.
Under the umbrella of the term, I gathered other words and feelings that my mind associated with the emotion. Consumed. voiceless. trapped. desperate. I realized that I must sincerely embody this sensation in order to find a deeper understanding of the piece. Feeling truly overwhelmed, I found that the repetition of hands are a powerful force when created in great masses, and can profoundly appear visually overwhelming.
These hands represent certain external forces: people, surroundings, sounds; that bombard the mind and pull at the mind’s delicate core. A sensation of metaphysical drowning, and emotional distress. I created this piece to express one’s inevitable feeling of being overwhelmed; an inescapable sensation with which humankind is innately plagued.”
“This is an absolutely riveting sculpture; there’s a really haunting, dramatic quality to the piece, and the raw emotion that’s being so powerfully articulated, and the gesture of the hands is so compelling. I think it was an excellent choice to use plaster gauze as your material; there’s a very ghost-like atmosphere to the piece, and also the gritty surface texture of the sculpture is very poignant.
I think the fact that so much of the face is obscured by the hands really contributes to the idea of this figure being overwhelmed and almost suffocated by these hands. I wish there was more variation in the gesture of the hands; a lot of positioning of the hand seems to be very similar; it would be great to get a lot more contrast.
I’d also like to see the wire on the top of the sculpture better integrated with the plaster gauze. Right now I would say I would either remove the wire altogether or increase it so much to the point that it becomes a much more prominent presence in the piece, but it’s a really striking piece, I think it really sustains your attention and gets you thinking about the depth of the emotion.”