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the silence of sculpture

"Ann and Mary" by sculptor Marika Bordes

John O’Donohue in Eternal Echoes Exploring Our Yearning to Belong writes:

Nietzsche said, “The relationship between music and life is not only that of one language to another; it is also the relationship of the perfect world of listening to the whole world of seeing.”

Sculpture attempts the same presence.  The pure silence of a piece by Barbara Hepworth can catch the quiet symmetry at the heart of things.  Giacometti creates such poignant shapes, long slender figures who seem to be thinning out into the nothingness of the air and the gallery.  It is almost as if they are inhabited by some mystical humility which urges them to let go. . . . Sculpture is a powerful and wistful form of presence.  There is an old anecdote that when Michelangelo was finished carving the sitting Moses, he was so enthralled with the figure’s presence that he tapped him on the knee with his chisel and said, “Moses, get up.”

Seguin Sculptor Marika Bordes’ magnificent sculptures in wood are on exhibit at the Seguin Heritage Museum; if you have not yet visited, do go.  Her art is breathtakingly beautiful.

Moses - by Michelangelo

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Who am I? I'm still discovering just who I am, I suppose. A. Powell Davis writes that "Life is just a chance to grow a soul."

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