The Whimsy Of Pain: Ruth Edward Anderson’s The Opera Diva

The depth and nuance possible in a work of art is clearly evident in Ruth Edward Anderson’s burning sculpture entitled The Opera Diva. It probably helps that I know a bit about Ruth to begin with, that she suffers several physical maladies, and works through pain on more occasions than should be allowed. I find especially interesting that pain can produce such whimsy. This sculpture, on a subliminal level, aims to tell something more.

The Opera Diva by Ruth Edward AndersonAt first look this piece seems only a humorous approach to a rather familiar object–we see it is clearly made of bone–an animal skull precisely. But it only takes a moment for the socket-less eyes to begin to penetrate, oddly enough, itself! It’s as though we see through to the soul of the piece because it’s eyes allow us to.

It welcomes us “with open arms”, to understand it, and maybe even to love it.”

This type of art requires contemplation. It would be easy for the sculpture’s disparate pieces to cry for individual attention, but, instead, this “thing” seems to live, and as a creature with feeling; one with depth and soul. It welcomes us “with open arms”, to understand it, and maybe even to love it.

MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at

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  1. Unique and creative. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog.

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