I imagined how a choreographer would depict the subject of summer solstice, when the sun reaches its limit furthest from the equator. The dancer is fully extended reaching her furthest limits except for the upper hand which is holding the imaginary sun. Her straight lines and elongated slender form suggest striving for fulfillment. She is joyous and at the same time balanced and inwardly reflective.
Summer Solstice, as part of the Centered Women Series by Elaine Witten, was awarded The Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY, “Herstory 2004″ Award of Excellence.
Artist’s Notes on the Centered Woman Series
Doing a series of sculptures entitled Centered Women
was a natural for me for a number of reasons.
One is that the healing arts have been one of my life-long interests. I am, among other things, an RN, having studied anatomy and physiology and practiced nursing for years.
Also, as a young woman, I studied both ballet and modern dance, including master classes from José Limon. I grew up in a household with a sister who was a professional dancer.
Finally, I currently study and practice Iyengar yoga. The model I used for the Centered Women
series has practiced yoga all of her adult life.
I studied T’ai Chi books and video tapes before beginning Form and Spirit
and got insights from a critique of the work at an early stage by Rich Marantz, a T’ai Chi instructor in Manchester, VT.
The female form has been a universal theme in the history of sculpture. What I bring to the genre is a fresh approach, using the female figure in contemporary, yet timeless, dramatic, energetic and centered poses. These figures incorporate sculptural elements such as pure simplified forms, attention to silhouette and interesting use of negative spaces.
Summer Solstice is an edition of 30.
© Elaine Franz Witten