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Bruce Fraser MacDonald, PhD

A Message of Hope for Troubled Times

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Artist’s Statement

 

 

 

Artist’s Statement

©Bruce F. MacDonald, PhD

            [Quoted from Treasured Moments, ed. John and Monica Kurtz, James Kurtz Memorial Foundation Inc, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 1997, p. 38.]

            As a child I lived in India, in the dry, central plains of the Deccan Plateau and in the soaring, mystical Himalayan Mountains in the north.  Central India is flat and barren and has the same chemistry of horizon and the vertical of human habitation that one finds in Saskatchewan.  India has ancient ruins which emphasize the passing of peoples, cultures, and empires, so that time is an added feature of the landscape, an additional dimension to the habitations of consciousness.

            When I came to Saskatchewan for the first time in 1964, it looked strangely familiar to me.  It prompted the same sculpting urge to put a strong, organic upright against all that flatness:  the sculptor’s equivalent of building tepees and temples, or of trying to create mountains of the mind.

            However, I have seen the sculptures as not something imposed on the personal landscape so much as emerging from the interplay of human experience, love and striving and the vastness of the play of nature.  The sharp edges and soft curves of wind-whipped show, the strong, yielding stems of weeds and wheat, the delicate, tough growths of lichen on rock, the sun bleached, weathered forms of bones -- are all reflected in my sculptures, so they become their own natural growth, organic with their own inner life.

            On a more abstract level, themes of time and mortality, the mystic search for meaning and harmony, the need to claim human participation in a natural world of which it is part, all these bring forth in sculpture the visual fruit of our human growth.  And added to all this is the sense of mystic oneness with All That Is, so that there is no separation between the inner urges of life and the seemingly external habitations of the human spirit in body, building or sculpture. All of these, I sense, are worked into the forms and stance of the sculptures.