Groupthink is the first of a series of works that employ similar shapes, manipulation of materials and values. You could say that these works are of the same style. Style is a result of choice, and is not permanent. If you look at works of the same time period, you will see similar choices made because I liked their effect. And then I won’t and will move on.
Above is another view of Groupthink. What is fascinating about sculpture, freestanding sculpture, is that the compositions must work from a variety of angles. My husband has a rotating pedestal where he simply sits and wheels it around to see various views.
With me, I have to do the work to get a new view.
You can see that Compartment uses a pattern of wooden not quite semicircles, five, where Groupthink uses only three.
This piece as well is composed to stand at an angle and has elements herded together. I am just now noticing that this piece has holes bored into it, which I usually do, but Groupthink has none. Being the first in a series, my mind was more focused on new ideas rather than old ones. And then the old ideas creep in when they are appropriate for the composition I am working on.
You can see here that a plane has been applied at a 90 degree angle to the upright element which is crowned by the cat head. And there is smaller, darker plane with a hole in it applied to that plane. This phenomenon, or choice exists in all the pieces above. This was an idea that continued to interest me so I did it again and again, slightly different in each example.
There are more views of Feline two posts back.
Prosthesis does not lean as do others. It has plenty of holes, making the composition feel lighter. There are two shapes that mimic the pattern of holes in this view.
The long shape facing the viewer not only has three holes in it, but its perimeter has semi-circular cut-outs. This integrates it well with the element on which it is screwed and its holes. Further, the element at the top left of the piece has the same semi-circular edge.
Unity in choice. We should talk about that sometime too.