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.
At 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.