When I first inquired about an ad I’d seen at The Juilliard School, ‘looking for dancers to model for a sculptor’, my only intention was to put some extra cash in my pocket. I was truly unaware of the artistic journey I would be taking in the field of visual art with Paige Bradley. As a dancer and actor, to explore this whole other world of artistry and to be a key part in helping Paige produce stunning sculptures, has been nothing short of feeling creatively fulfilled. My dear friend Paige and I come from very different artistic backgrounds but working with her has made me realize that art itself, is a universal language.
Michael Walters in Harmony, bronze by Paige Bradley.
Michael Walters in Ballet International, Bronze by Paige Bradley
Michael Walters in Dreamer, Bronze by Paige Bradley
“Art is not luxury, it is you and I”… I agree, when one collects bronze sculptures, it IS a luxury.
But there is no price tag on viewing or appreciating work. Many of my ‘appreciators’ do not have the money to buy art and I send them posters instead. They are happy to live with the Art this way. I consider them just as powerful ‘art connoisseurs’ as the ones who can afford to buy bronze. It’s because the work speaks to them somehow. It tells a story that they understand. Their soul empathizes with the message the sculpture brings. It is their love of the art that makes the art powerful and real.
That is why I say Art is ‘YOU and I’… Because Art can never really be completely created in a vacuum. I DO create Art for me, but successful Art is understood and appreciated by others too. The deeper and more meaningful it is to the populous, the more powerful the Art becomes. If the public never sees it or understands the work, if they feel nothing toward it, they don’t make the work part of their lives. Then how can it be Art? Art is supposed to be powerful and significant. If it’s only for me, I might as well just be making crafts.
So we do this together and we make great Art. I invite models to apply because I want to help tell your story.
Paige Bradley & Michael Walters (model) working on Dreamer, 2007