Medium: Bog Oak
Dimensions (cm) 90 x 39 x 184
Weight (kg) 35
Within this bog oak sculpture, I see the inner struggle that every human encounters during life.
There is a constant striving in all of us to grow and develop as individuals and society. The need to break free from the ties of conditioning, which are trying to keep us within the conventional ways or norms of thinking and acting.
In this bog oak sculpture I have endeavoured to give hope and expectation despite the stumbling blocks of life. Deep within us we are continuously and aspiring for fulfilment and contentment, but the road of life is never straight forward. There is a struggle at the heart of this piece, between the energy bearing down and the vitality and indomitable spirit of the human heart.
This striking piece of bog oak sculpture is older than the Pyramids of Egypt comes alive in full splendour in the eye of the beholder as it changes in degrees of light and the angle it is viewed from.
Our of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from the pole to pole,
I thank whatever Gods may be for my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance I not winced or cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my Fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley