An Hour Before Dawn

An Hour Before Dawn (Full view), 2001
Bronze
53½” x 27” x 44”
Photo: Fabian Birgfeld

An Hour Before Dawn (Detail) 
Photo: Fabian Birgfeld

An Hour Before Dawn (Detail) 
Photo: Fabian Birgfeld

Description

An over-life-size female figure is reclining forward on the very edge of a cliff. The tension is created not just by the physicality of the position, but by the ambiguity of the movement. While one arm of the woman embraces the body closely and intimately, the other is stretched forward over the empty space to reach out. The contradiction is agonizing and the woman’s lips are closing on her arm. The feeling of unrest is carried further by the dichotomy between the figure’s overall muscularity and the fragility of the movement. Combined, they create a dialogue between vulnerability and strength.