Paige Bradley (Carmel, California b. 1974) has always had a fascination with the human body from a very young age.
She is mostly known for her sinuous, bronze figurative sculptures.
Bradley's humanistic betrayals of emotions and common life struggles deliver a strong connection with the audience. Such raw and powerful visuals immediately captivate one's attention and undoubtedly triggers an emotional response. At least for me, I believe it was a success.
The process behind this piece is quite fascinating. Bradley had intricately sculpted a woman meditating in the lotus position; a perfect and untouched wax sculpture. By dropping it on the floor several times with pieces shattering everywhere; this work of art was one step closer to becoming the masterpiece it is today. By casting the pieces floating apart in bronze and adding a lighting system, "Expansion" came to life and became one of my favourite sculptures.
“From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a box already built for us to fit inside. Our umbilical cord never seems to be severed; we only find new needs to fill. If we disconnected and severed our attachments, would we shatter our confinements and expand beyond our shell? Would the world look different? Would we recognise ourselves? Are we the box that we are inside, and to be authentically ‘un-contained’ would we still be able to exist? This is the irony of containment. As long as we don’t push on the walls of our surroundings, we may never know how strong we really are.” - Paige Bradley
There is undoubtedly an emotional tension and spiritual depth within Bradley's body of work; especially because her art explores themes of self-inflicted boundaries as well as freedom and liberation. A common struggle that the human race faces in this sculpture, beautifully portrayed by the flawless marriage of elements that Bradley put.
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Images courtesy of Paige Bradley.