It is in the nature of Classical sculpture to portray the events
and people of the time. In this work I am using the experience
of looking at Classical work to invite the viewer to consider
our own image as though it were
archeology; we are the subject of
sculpture discovered by the archeologists.
Our eyes are used to fragments of sculpture from
antiquity. They pose the questions in our minds as to
the fate and beauty of the complete work.
All fragments convey the vulnerability of the
subject, but we are not used to observing
ourselves in this way. This is my effort to treat a
very contemporary image of the figure as arche-
ology in the hope that we can look with renewed
interest at ourselves and the fragility of our world.
The complete figure reminds us of how different the
whole man can be from the figure that we imagine when
looking at a fragment. As in classical sculpture, the
imagination creates a complete figure from the fragment
that is both more, because it is idealized, and less,
because it becomes the observer’s creation.