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Profile image of Edward FlemingEdward Fleming carves and teaches realistic human figurative sculpture and also abstract sculpture in marble and limestone through direct stone-carving. His work is traditional in technique and attention to anatomical detail but his subjects are contemporary. Fleming creates both self-directed and commissioned sculptures. He is a licensed Architect and has been making stone sculpture since 1993. His art education derives from 20 years of working and apprenticing with master carvers and other artists in Italy and the United States. Edward Flemin...

Sculpture: 'Grief (bronze maquette)'
by Edward Fleming

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Bronze Metamorphosis sculpture sculpture by sculptor Edward Fleming titled: 'Grief (bronze maquette)'
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Sculpture description:
This sculpture is a bronze casting of the original study for the marble sculpture. Here is the back-story: In the autumn of 2002 Fleming was confronting the reality of ending a twenty-year marriage, reconciling this with his two young children and dealing with the resulting deep depression that had been relentless for over a year. An image of what he was feeling came to him one day and he sketched it onto a scrap of paper. The drawing was compelling enough that he decided to make a rough clay maquette of the idea. As Fleming tells the story, while he was shaping the clay he literally felt the sadness and weight that he’d been carrying for so long move down his arms, through his hands, out his finger-tips and into the clay. His entire sense of being shifted in about an hour as he made this simple study. There was then no question then that he needed to make this image in stone, both for his own survival as well as to share this metamorphosis with other people who’ve encountered profound sadness. He made another, small, more detailed maquette and then moved into the stone which was completed in the spring of 2003. The composition of the piece is fairly simple. Fleming`s intention is for it to be viewed by walking around the piece counter-clockwise, starting at the left side and moving slowly all the way until you reach the front. At the beginning, the image portrayed is one of strength and calm and only the inclination of the head would give an attentive person the suggestion of sadness. But that posture could also be seen as concentration or meditation. As you move you see a strong body rooted in a rough stone block. This speaks to the culturally taught image of composure that many of us project regardless of what we are actually experiencing or how we are truly feeling. At the right shoulder you see the left hand coming through the hair and resting there, giving comfort. Moving to the right side you, again, see a very strong arm which is twined with the figure’s long hair. At this point you are expecting to encounter the face and anticipated personality of the figure but what you confront are profound voids where the face and belly should be. Here the stone is cut very deeply, almost to the skin at the back. The right hand tightly grips the left arm just below where the face would be. This image of evisceration is exactly how Fleming felt until he finished that first clay maquette. Fleming brought “Grief” to a large, outdoor sculpture show in Loveland Colorado in the summer of 2003 and was amazed and re-affirmed by the reaction people had to this piece. During the course of the show, a number of both men and women stood there looking and openly weeping. Several of them told him their stories and how this work spoke to them. He realized that because of the long hair he carved as well as the lack of a face to identify, some people took this to be female while others recognized it as male. Fleming actually modeled the figure on himself (carving from two, opposing mirrors) but the hair is considerably longer than his. He realized that because of this dual gender identity anyone could bring their own story to rest inside the piece. Fleming has had the great fortune to get to know the painter Sam Scott, who once told him about the courage it takes to not only face your terror and sadness, but to embrace it and then discover that the other side of what you’ve been so afraid of is actually love, beauty and peace. He used his hand, held up like a shield, knuckles out and then slowly rotated it to the palm to illustrate what he was saying. When Sam told him this after seeing this piece in an early stage of carving, it was like a benediction for the work. The knowledge which comes from this experience is nothing less than the antipode of grief and the source of healing.
Artist's comments:
This sculpture is not for everyone, but is intended for anyone who has walked through the fire of loss and grief.
Dimensions/size: 5 in x 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in (height x width x depth)
approx: 12.7 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm
It is a maquette sculpture
Edition: 25
Medium: bronze
Sculptor: Edward Fleming [sculptor profile]
Price: £
565

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670
/ USD $
713
/ AUD $
961
/ CAD $
949
/ CHF
721
Availability: Yes, for sale.*
Category: Human Figurative Sculptures
Nudes / Male Sculpture
Meditation sculpture / Statues / statuettes / figurines
Tabletop Desktop Small Indoor Statuettes Figurines Sculptures
Sadness Anxiety Remorse Grief Sculptures Statues
Metamorphosis sculpture statue
Weight: 1.5 Kg / 3.3 lb
Title: Grief (bronze maquette)
Finish: Patina
Recommended Usage: Indoors only (finish and/or material and/or size may be unsuitable for the garden)
Year: 2003
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