One of my favourite pieces is "Expansion" by sculptor Paige Bradley.
Expansion | Bronze with Electricity | 76 x 35 x 17 in | 193 x 89 x 43 cm
The story of its inception and creation is quite beautiful. It really is about the stretching and adapting we must do to continue to grow and thrive and work in our ever changing world.
"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."
From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: A social security number, a gender, a race, a profession or an I.Q. I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in, rather than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies? Would we still be able to exist if we were authentically 'un-contained'?