Sublime Transitions – sculpture upate

Sculpture by Jerry Ward

Sublime Transitions

My most recent sculpture to date, is Sublime Transitions.  It is about the “leap of faith”.  A traversing of the known into the unknown for the possibility of bettering ones current situation. This decision comes with the “no turning back”  risk of sacrificing the current situation the process.  The proverbial “burning of bridges”, “Turning the Corner” ,  “Leaving it all behind”,  “Moving on with your life”,  all of these phrases represent a departure from the known.  That solid ground that you stand firmly footed upon.  But still the.allure of a more euphoric life beckons for a decision.

To convey this “crossroads” visually, I have chosen to represent the concept in metaphor through the sublime change of state of substance. This of course refers to the wondrous change that defies what seems to be the natural order of things. To go to a liquid from, from a solid, before turning to a gas. This phenomena, of going directly from solid to a gas, is usually demonstrated with frozen carbon dioxide (dry ice),  What is generally not considered when witnessing this is, that once this has happened, it is not reversible. This irrevocable nature of the sublime state is central to the theme of my visual metaphor.

The sculpture starts “firmly footed”, rooted, grounded in the known.  But on rising from that position the form struggles with the question at hand. It twists to and fro with the weight of the decision, of whether, what could be, is worth losing what already is. The “possibility without promise” of  a euphoria not yet known. The sculpture ascends finally into a hand reaching into the unknown. Losing substance and vaporizing into it.

Other views of this sculpture may be seen on this site by following this link—Sublime Transitions