Art Quote of the Day

” After I had worked every day for one month on a four-foot statue, the armature suddenly broke.  I watched in shock as a foot fell off…. part of a hip…the gluteus maximus…. one arm… a month of seeing, studying, analyzing forms and muscles.  It was a baroque pose- the rectus abdominus twisted and extended from the upper right to the lower left of the torso. Half the piece was lost. I felt ill.

My husband, Bob, and a visiting friend, Renee, held it up while I frantically tried to reinforce the armature, in order to salvage what was left of the piece. I put in an emergency call  to Donald Kennedy, a sculptor and friend, who came like a doctor in the night.  The intense hear of the past few August days, combined with the heat from the studio lights, had dangerously softened the clay.  Donald arrived with ropes, hoists, blankets, wooden wedges for propping, and a giant toolbox filled with turnbolts, elbow joints, wrenches, and screws. We cooled the piece down with icewater and propped it up with wood, wire, and ropes.  Thus it was stabilized until a new armature was built.  The sculpture was now standing, partially salvaged.  I couldn’t work for several days; heartsick, I couldn’t walk into the studio.  When I was able to resume, I re-created the statue in three days.  It had taken one month to understand the pose- to interpret the forms, the twists and curves, the muscle attachments, the skeleton.  The time was spent in the struggle to see.  That having been accomplished and committed to memory, I could quickly reproduce the exact pose even without the model’s being there.

The mind retains thoroughtly comprehended information, and it can be called upon at any time.”

Art and Soul – Notes on Creating by Audrey Flack

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Art Quote of the Day

CREDO

I believe in art.

I do not believe in the “art world” as it is today.

I do not believe in art as a commodity.

Great art is in exquisite balance. It is restorative.

I believe in the energy of art, and through  the use of that energy , the artist’s ability to transform his or her life and, by example, the lives of others.

I believe that through our art, and through the projection of transcendent imagery, we can mend and heal the planet.

Audrey Flack– from commencement address delivered at the Pennyslvania Academy of the Fine Arts, May 1984

Art Quote of the Day

The element of time in the creative process is similar to dream time.It stretches and contracts as you work. You can work on something for weeks and weeks and nothing will happen, and yet something can transpire in only an hour. The last five minutes of dream time can process data of epic proportions, and yet one needed the entire night’s sleep to arrive at the dream images.
– Audrey Flack