A powerful dragon is bursting into life.
Susan says, “The craftsperson is working from the 2-dimensional drawing in the background drawing in the background to create this sharp-toothed 3-dimensional creature in the foreground. There is magic in seeing a flat object lifted into space. You can see it from all angles: look into its mouth, touch its tail. But what does this do to our powers of imagination – our ability to engage our minds? Does it require less imagination to bring the carved dragon to life? Or does the drawing of the dragon require more imaginative effort from us to bring it to life? And is one experience more powerful than the other? More engaging? More stimulating? If an image is more powerful than text, is a 3-dimensional carving more powerful than a drawing?”
Lucia says, “My intention when making this photo was to create a dreamlike quality that depicted the sculpture as someone’s vision and not a reality yet. I used a shallow depth of field to achieve this with a sharp focus on the unfinished sculpture, while keeping the drawing of it’s painted future blurry in the background. Susan has taken my original idea and given us more to contemplate.”
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