What I Do is Me


United Kingdom

Sculpture
Size: 108.3 H x 22 W x 16.5 in

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Sculpture: Bronze on Stone.

'What I do is Me: for that I came' is the last line of a powerful poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, to which this piece responds. It is an assertion of selfhood, of being, an expression of the undeniability of identity. The form, while abstract, responds to elements described in the poem - a diving kingfisher, a swung bell, a 'rim of roundy well'. It is a
leap, an assertion and a commitment.

I have a number of pieces around the theme of identity and being, assertion of self and commitment. Here is Hopkins' beautiful poem:

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying What I do is Me: for that I came.

The work is in bronze on a Portland stone plinth, with stainless steel inscription of the poem, and is in an edition of 12.

Keywords: Poem, Poetry, Assertion, Self, Bronze, Abstract, Identity, Outdoor

Subjects: Abstract

Styles: Abstract, Abstract Expressionism, Conceptual, Modern

Mediums: Bronze

Materials: Stone

Prints: Abstract Art Prints, Abstract Art Prints, Abstract Expressionism Art Prints, Conceptual Art Prints, Modern Art Prints, Bronze Art Prints, Stone Art Prints

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