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Looking Ahead

I am so appreciative of those that love the Expansion piece.

 

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

Expansion, Bronze and Electricity by Paige Bradley

…. And I am just getting started.  So many more sculptures like this to do.  Any kind of support I get makes this all happen faster.

When someone purchases a sculpture of mine, it does not fund fancy clothes, cars, or trips, but instead gives me the ability to create more sculptures.  I want to make sure my ideas don’t die when I die– stuck inside my head.  I want to make sure my inspirations see the light, for they might inspire others to create wonderful things that this planet needs so badly.

I am grateful for all who write poems, songs, notes, and admire Expansion in their own way.  This appreciation is a wonderful currency of its own and it makes me feel successful and connected to the universe.

Additionally, it costs quite a bit of money to break bonds and tread into places yet untraveled.  It is so exciting (and emotionally needed), that I am willing to spend every dime I can to do it.  But any funding toward Expansion (or the likes thereof) will go towards spreading more light-filled inspirational sculptures around the world.  These will be tangible works of Art that people can approach, touch, and let the light fill their hearts.  Not “Art” that must demand a ticket behind a curator’s impenetrable, architecturally refined, door.  Not the “Art” for showing up the neighbor’s collection and impressing the interior designers.   I truly hope that this can be seen as pure and simple Art; Images to feed the Soul and heal our fragile connections.

In this time, it is financial support that is the fuel of progress.   And I have so many healing and uplifting ideas in my heart and mind that I yearn to see the light of day.  I am so afraid our world is becoming dark.  Celebrating my 41st birthday this month is also a reminder that I am already through half my life and I have no time to waste.  I can no longer worry about being “timely” or “politically correct” or “classy”.  I am here now, and I am willing and able to give all I can.  I might not be able to say that in a few more decades.

Creating images to help others feel more understood and connected is not a job for an apathetic heart.  And one person cannot create great works of art in a vacuum.  It takes the support of many. I pay homage to everyone who has ever written me a note of thanks, reposted an image, purchased a sculpture, pinned up a print on the wall, or told someone else about the work.  All of this adds to more energy for me to create more.  And I honor the trust.  And I will create with honesty and truth.  I will not let you down.

If you would like to get in touch, please email leo@paigebradley.com

Thank you.

Paige

The Story of Expansion

“From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a box already built for us to fit inside.  Our umbilical cord never seems to be severed; we only find new needs to fill. If we disconnected and severed our attachments, would we shatter our confinements and expand beyond our shell? Would the world look different?  Would we recognize ourselves? Are we the box that we are inside, and to be authentically ‘un-contained’ would we still be able to exist? This is the irony of containment. As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.”   PAIGE BRADLEY

expansion_london

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media
76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal)
Artist Proof 1/1 – photographed in London, UK

I conceived of this piece when I first moved to Manhattan. I was a bit startled by the power of the curators and the critics and how they all had an anti-figure slant on what they deemed show-worthy. So many of these people felt like everything figurative had already been done, and real art was about being a “Visionary” rather than just showing ability, accuracy or general talent. Thus, the figure had generally disappeared from galleries, museums, important collections, art fairs and other shows. The few of us that were left had no place to exhibit and our voice was not being heard. Many figurative sculptors started teaching, as that was all they could do.

If I wanted to stay in the fine art field, I knew I had to join my contemporaries and make ‘contemporary’ art. I knew that it was time to let go of all the finely tuned skills I had acquired over the years, and just trust in the process of making art. The art world was telling me I had to break down my foundation, let my walls crumble, expose myself completely, and from there I will find the true essence of what I needed to say.

So, literally, I took a perfectly good (wax) sculpture– a piece I had sculpted with precision over several months– an image of a woman meditating in the lotus position, and just dropped it on the floor. I destroyed what I made. I was letting it all go. It was scary. It shattered into so many pieces. My first feeling was, “what have I done?!” Then, I trusted it would all come together like I envisioned.

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1

National Sculpture Society Exhibition, 2006

We cast all the pieces in bronze and assembled the pieces so they floated apart from one another. Then I brought in a lighting specialist and we built a crazy lighting system to make it glow from within. It turned out even better than I thought. And the best is that the image of “Expansion” means so much to so many who see it. I get letters every day! I feel like I really did my job successfully!

From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a box already built for us to fit inside.  Our umbilical cord never seems to be severed; we only find new needs to fill.

If we disconnected and severed our attachments, would we shatter our confinements and expand beyond our shell?

Would the world look different?  Would we recognize ourselves?

Are we the box that we are inside, and to be authentically ‘un-contained’ would we still be able to exist?

This is the irony of containment.  As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.

Bronze, Electricity and Mixed Media 76” height x 35 “ width x 17” depth (with pedestal) Artist Proof 1/1

Expansion – photographed in New York, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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