Early man carried small pieces of stone on him all the time, figurines which resembled fertile women. They felt secure, may be reminded of their mothers, may be reminded them of their capacity to procreate and produce new life into the world at their wish. Significantly, they carried not a painting but a sculpture. Something that could be held in hand, something that could be felt, which went cold in wind and warm in heat. Something that was living with him!
Sculpture is the form of art that is as alive as man. Made in clay, stone, wood, all the materials that live, and age with time. Sculpture that gives pleasure to man’s multiple senses, touch, vision, sound and sometimes his taste. You can feel the sculpture that you own, touch it and realise the texture and temperature. You can see the sculpture from all angles owed to its existence in all three dimensions. You can actually lick it and experience the salty, muddy, tangy taste. A sculpture in your house gives you an experience of co-existing with a living being, with the benefit that it stays where you keep it. You can grow old with it, you can fill the space with it. When you buy a sculpture, you are buying a piece of life.
Our association with three dimensional objects is constant since our childhood. The toys that we play with are sculptures, they are hardly real horses or bulls or bears. They are creations of artists that you can cuddle and frolic with, they are works of art, fictions of imagination. The idols of gods that we have in our homes are sculptures by sculptors, they are images rendered from our visions of faith, amalgamation of our love, affection, fear and anger. More than a flat object on wall, man certainly caters more to these sculptures, and creates a bond with them. Public sculptures of our great leaders garner a sense of awe and pride and give character to the street, or the city itself. Haven’t you felt the urge to sit next to the clown and click a selfie more than once outside McDonald’s? Is Disney Land not more attractive because of the characters standing and posing in their element?
Sculptures are inevitable part of human life. Thus we tend to buy clothes that are adorned on mannequins more than the ones in rack. More than often we don’t realise the importance of these in our living spaces. When you own a sculpture and bring it home, you are actually bringing home a small part of artist’s space. You fill up volume in your home. Small or huge, a sculpture is the space acquired by the artist in this universe; the artist makes the space his own and actually makes a difference in the universe. Like most of the sculptors like to believe, the stone breathes, they listen to its whispers. All that they do is remove the extras, the sculpture is alive in the stone all the time! This humble creator all his life is interacting with the nature, he is revealing nature to nature! When you buy a sculpture, you are thus bringing a part of nature home.
Today in the modernities of world, especially for the city dwellers, the structures that are seen are all made from dead material like cement, concrete and plastic. Everything that humans touch is dead and so are many of our senses going senile. A piece of stone, like the lovely Kiss bring so much life into our homes. Sculptor in his pursuit brings out the life out of the living, when you buy art, you bring that life to your homes. The pleasure would be no less than what the early man felt holding the mother goddess in his hands. The sculpture whispers to you, I am alive, so are you; you can create and thus you are going to live forever!