Loss of meaning
a bronze by Bruce Krebs.

I spent several months to complete this sculpture. The idea of the hand came initially. I then wanted to associate it to associate it the writing, but how? How to make that this association is not "forced"? This hand passed by several stages: on the back, vertical... The feather came only much later... small unimportant feather...

The symbolic system was too obvious. The idea of "the loss of the sense" came to me finally... Both paroies vertical were then carried out very quickly. These paroies comprises, both, of the imaginary writings!

First of all, on wax, I strongly took as a starting point the the writings babylonian and sumerian. But the effect of encradrement of these writings gave a representation of "bricks in a wall". This impression on two of vertical plates increased this idea of wall which was not appropriate at all with "the loss of the sense"...


I started again but this time Ci with plaster in the course of catch (I mix the plaster with of "Map" to slow down the catch). I thus engraved two new purely fictitious writings. First is inspired by the alphabet phenician, while the second is inspired at the same time by an act by Charlemagne "De Re Diplomatica" and air graphics by the Arab writing.

"Writing, mirror of the men and the companies" This book of Ladislas Mandel always passioned me (Workshop Perrousseaux editor), I recommend it to you.


These graphics of writing are located in bottom of the two vertical plates, on the walls exterieures. These writings are gradually unobtrusive while rising towards the hand...

The small feather did not disappear,
elle is used to me also as spacer...

The skin of this hand is very wrinkled. In "the loss of the sense" there is a concept of time, obviously. I thus worked the apparent veins, the joints of the fingers, the folds of the skin.

The epic of the hand was not to be a strong gesture. The fingers are still open, like loans to seize something of indefinable... this thing: the lost sense of the feelings of last... perhaps...

As for the feather, it does not fly away... it is below, it fall. It also is lost...


Of course, when one thinks of a carved hand, one thinks very of following those of Auguste Rodin. It did several of them by giving him reference symbols: "The Secrecy", "The Cathedral". But two more known of Rodin are: "The hand of God" (it is a right hand) and "the hand of the devil" (it is a left hand)...

In very an other kind, "The hand of Constantin" in Capitole it measures more meter sixty...


Bronze
Width: 43 cm, depth: 18,5 cm, Height: 45,5 cm.


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Bruce Krebs, sculptor
9 ter street Amelot, 17 000 La Rochelle,
France, Europe.
To send an E-mail to me:atelier.bruce.krebs@wanadoo.fr