Art has always been part of my life and has added tremendous depth of meaning to my life on an intellectual, emotional and spiritual level. Growing up, my home was filled with art, as I had artistic parents, so creating art and writing about my feelings and experiences seemed natural. Since my teens, I have collected inspirational quotations that gave me strength and hope. Several years ago, when I was sculpting a work entitled “As I Think,” cancer was discovered in my colon. The surgeon removed it, I had chemotherapy and, so far, I’m fine. Many blessings have been bestowed on me.
During my recovery, I read that patients with positive attitudes recover faster and survive serious illnesses. It was an odd coincidence that the sculpture I had just completed was inscribed with positive and inspirational quotations. Thus, I dream about having “As I Think” as bronze sculptures in chemotherapy facilities and hospitals where patients and their caretakers can also find comfort and hope, and it could help them feel more positive as well.
Quotations can be inspirational and change the way we think. “As I Think” is a life-sized head and shoulders sculpture of an androgynous person with an inquisitive expression. I have carved the inspirational quotations on its surface.
Buddha taught, "All that we are is the result of what we have thought," while Bible text reads, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." There are quotes on the sculpture from great religious thinkers and philosophers, such as Mohandas Gandhi and Aristotle, inspirational people and writers such as Helen Keller, George Bernard Shaw and James Allen, and fictional characters such as Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi from "Star Wars" and the Skin Horse from "The Velveteen Rabbit.”
A quote from Joan Baez reads, “You don’t get to choose how you are going to die or when. You can only decide how you are going to live now.” My hope is that viewers will read the words and absorb the quotations into their own consciousness, which may help them to become whole again.