Figures and Animals
(Lovelands in USA move figure sculpture)
Up to now I have found that demand for my services as a sculptor has been split almost exactly 50/50 figures and animals. Only one of my figures was clothed. Only two were male. 75% of buyers of female figures were woman. All but one has been commissioned.
But when I read the lines in italics below written by a talented contemporary Artist (Miles Mathis), I was not surprised.You, the artist, will discover very quickly that society's attitudes about the figure, and the figure in art, are anything but encouraging. There are a few connoisseurs who appreciate the unclothed figure, but by and large you will be swimming upstream.
It is quite extraordinary how much of the human race finds the lack of clothing a problem.Our most deep-seated nihilism in this country, in this world, comes from, of all places, our religions. The most devout Christians in this country are the most offended by nakedness.
I accept the arguments that guilty thoughts, unwanted pregnancies, violence and abuse may be caused by the appreciation of the great master paintings of unclad figures in our churches. The break with Rome put a stop to that here in England and I am not aware of such images in Islamic places of worship! (Nor
that this has any effect on our guilty thoughts etc.)
I wonder if the real reason is more to do with covering up our own souls not just keeping our bodies warm and making a personal statement.
So why does an artist want to create such a work of art?
What is behind the “wicked images” of Jenny Saville
or Lucien Freud, where are the guilty thoughts, the unwanted etc…….now I ask?
Well they are both masters of painting “flesh”. They paint the real us or what we will probably become! That is enlightening and disturbing because we know it to be true, so sometimes we like to live in a fantasy world. Success in the cinema is proof of that. The artist who paints or sculpts the ideal figure creates something of our lost youth, something we as a race have been doing for 4000 years or more.
How many people, male and female are dissatisfied with their own figures?
So long live the images of idyllic beauty and long live the artists who recreate them.Now animals fit in here as well. They too are Gods work without cloths!
Labels: Artists, Robert's work, Sculpture