Lords and Rothko, Porn Queen and Chapel Dream.
“FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CULTURE, TRADITION OR RELIGION. IT IS TORTURE AND A CRIME. HELP US TO PUT AN END TO THIS CRIME.” Waris Dirie
This exists today. Can you believe this exists today? Can you believe Type III? If you stitch up a woman she will be only yours forever? Even mothers send their daughters to be sliced and sewn. This outrages me. This disgusts me. This makes me pray for the girls, the innocent young girls that are mutilated by their own families. I pray for their pain to be taken away and I pray for this to stop.
What kinds of problems does working in a public space pose? Does it demand different ways of thinking?
'There needs to be a more direct approach. The work should get a universal reaction. No one [member of the public] has any more information than anyone else. If you go into a gallery, you know specifically what you’re looking for. In public, the situation should be as democratic as possible. The work should be as simple, dumb, or as stupid as possible. So far, I’ve done five different bodies of public sculpture: the rainbows, the trees, the masks, the scholar rocks and this project. A rainbow is stupid, a human figure is stupid, and I’m stupid in saying so. The work is meant to be basic. But I never say why I’m doing what I’m doing. I believe if you explain it as accurately as possible, as true to the material, then you have a lot of information.'
-Ugo Rondinone in response to a question regarding his public installation 'Human Nature' currently in Rockefeller Center. I keep thinking about his response. I very much want to see this work!
Arp was inspired by the organic and fluid shapes found in nature. Very interested in ancient mystic philosophy, he believed that nature expressed the dynamic force of life and wished to imitate this energy in his work: ’I tried to make forms grow’, he wrote, ’I put my trust in the example of seeds, stars, clouds, plants, animals, men, and finally, in my innermost being’.
Thinking of sculptures. Maybe concrete. Objects to live outside. Feeling inspired by nature and the islets of the French West Indies. Oh the beautiful seashell bones and blues from mountain views...