I have always been drawn to sculpting the human form, whether in a raised hand, or a whole figure. The figure is both intimate and universal in the way it conveys intent and emotion, history, injustice, hope, longing or any other of thousands of emotions we experience as human beings.
I find that the figure brings out the strongest reactions from observers. We quickly relate to a figure, whether it is strictly representational or abstract. We resonate with its silence, or the position of the hand, or the tilt of the head, because we have been there. We see ourselves reflected there, as a matter of hope, or shame, or where we wish we could be, or where we know we can never go back.