Based on the image of an athletic on the starting block, I broadened the theme to something more universal, applicable to most people at some stage in their life.
It is about the trepidation, purpose and intensity inherent in beginnings: taking a challenge, not knowing about the outcome or success of oneʼs venture, but being nonetheless committed to it, determined, and prepared to give it all despite the risks of failure.
This can apply to many situations throughout oneʼs life: committing to a relationship - or the courage necessary to separate; moving house, city or country; taking a new job or changing carreer. What all these situations have in common is a change instigated from inside, through oneʼs will and motivation: creating circumstances through inner purpose.
The body posture can be likened to a coil ready to straighten at the shot of a gun. The squatting position reminds me of our animal inheritance - fully present in the moment, and inhabiting every inch of oneʼs body.
While creating this sculpture I was very aware of a contradiction that in the end I hope to have left hanging in balance. On the one hand we see the athleticʼs poised, immobile posture, expressing the moment before the race - turned inward, concentrating, gathering all resources. On the other hand, there is the next moment with dynamic action and energy expended.I touch on the paradox of being versus doing: now versus the next moment, rest versus movement . To me, this expresses concisely the philosophical/spiritual dilema that you can’t get anywhere in life without first being present where you are.
The idea for the posture originated from a drawing of a primary school student iin Nortthampton. many schools particiapted in a competion, with five winners being chosen by five sculptors who used their drawing as a first design for a sculpture.