Nineteen-hundred and seventy-three

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Vann Abbegail Godwin (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: I create sculptured figures to correspond to an inner image of feeling, an inner image of myself. This inward image, seeking the surface of consciousness, I call my sense of form. And, I know that my yearning for the substantial images of the world I see to be the source of its existence. Being the salient feature of this corporeal world, the human figure serves as a potent image of expression. Its consummate beauty induces a kind of visual intoxication that produces within my mind's eye a vision of all figures, while having before my eyes but one. I transform what I see to visualize what I feel. My feelings result from my interaction with the world in which I exist and it is my comprehensive experience of this world which guides my hands. The process of creation is as much a part of my metaphysical awareness as the substance of the work itself. The malleable quality of the clay allows me to freely change the movement of form as it slowly evolves within the various levels of my mind. A sense of urgency drives me to work directly into the clay so that the entire journey of search is within the final work itself. My groping sense for form moves the clay flesh constructing with massive volume a sensual energy upon an architectural structure. The palpable figures of my inner world are allied to the figures that pass before my eyes, yet, imaginatively transformed into a physical energy by means of a traditional sculptural idea.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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