Susan Abraham, NYUCD's director of administration and a world-recognized creator of massive stone sculptures, was one of only four artists worldwide who were selected to create outdoor, site-specific sculptures at the 2010 international Sculpture Symposium at the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, New Hampshire. Susan's sculpture, entitled Nearly Naked, is now a permanent part of the landscape of Big Bear Mountain in Brookline. The work was created in response to the symposium's theme, "A Place for Change." It is carved from two blocks of New Hampshire granite, each about nine feet long, three feet wide, and four feet high.
"The concept and ability to change is preceded by a state of vulnerability, "says Susan. "Be it an insect emerging from a cocoon, a newborn from the womb, the release and renewal of a life recovered from despair or addiction, the emotional nakedness to fall in love—all are situations for change. Nearly Naked is a metaphor for the state that enables us to change and realize our potential."
The sculpture is composed of two simple and sensual complementary forms surrounded in the center by folds of stone from which one form enters and emerges affirmatively up and out the other side. "It aims," says Susan, "to entice people to explore the simple, sensual rounded forms and carved folds." For details on the symposium, please go to www.andresinstitute.org.
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