Other titles I considered were: Overcome, Unstoppable, Spring, Growth, Freedom, Decision…
These titles have a common element, a progression that begins with a seed in the rough, an innate talent, a novel idea or raw emotion, transitions through adversity to a breakthrough or “aha!” moment and then to sudden growth. This progression can occur with faith, friendship, work, creativity, athletics, problem solving, study, investments, research, enlightenment or a quest.
An investigative reporter in the movie, Spotlight said, “much of the time we stumble around in the dark then suddenly a light comes on”.
Development begins with a seed in the rough, an innate talent, a novel idea or raw emotion (craggy bottom of sculpture), transitions through adversity (twisted middle of sculpture) to a breakthrough or “aha!” moment and sudden growth.
The sculpture is made from a single block of maple. In the bottom third I’ve maintained the worm-eaten raw surface and created voids representing unknowns, a twisted middle signifying struggle and finally growth in the branches that shoot up with occasional deviations as we adjust.
Awards: Best Sculpture, 2021 NJAS
Material: Maple wood
Dimensions: 65 inches high x 18’’ x 12’’