Thank you all for your thoughts and comments so far.
Corvus, re the title, this is a piece I created without any preconceived theme. It just was born and named later. I was thinking / feeling a about my own rat race life, my competitive nature, deisre to leave a mark, e.g. why for example I am compelled to sculpt in all my free time instead of just enjoting the moments of life, etc.... Gaugin, maybe that is where some of the melancholy expression comes in. I'm not sure. I actually don't recall much about making this piece -- I often get up at night and do these small works...
Jocelyn, re your comment, I get this alot, including from my wife
Originally Posted by jocelynsart
...I don't understand the concept of leaving the limbs cut off like that. the only reason I can come up with with my limited knowledge and expereince with sculpting and sculpture is that it is meant to have an ancient, and therefore "found in damaged state" feel to it; hence the Classical or antiquity feel it seems to have.
Not trying to sound too artsy, but I don't see cut-off ("blown-off" as my wife describes it) limbs, I see what is there -- the central portion. I felt the rest was unneccessary, not an attempt to look like an ancient piece. In painting or drawing this is simpler to do I suppose --- focusing only on particular elements, leaving the rest out. Knowing / deciding when to stop is always the challenge. My favorite works, of other artists as well, tend to be the least finished, where I can the tool marks (the real stuff, not faked), the process breaking thru, the damage in the studio, etc, Like some Degas bronzes (posthumous castings) where you see crumbled clay and armature wire. Anyway, I'm rambling, but yes, some are disturbed by the way I've left off parts.
Petra, I like the idea of a thinner mount, something that would look less like an extension of the leg. If I do another cast, I will try that. Perphaps substantially darker than the body as well. The composition is really a 5-pointed star, this might draw that out.
Again, thanks for all the comments.
back to a big, technical piece.... http://www.richardbecker.com/poway_art_center.htm
(yes, this piece will have arms