I created this piece at a time when I was beginning my career as a young professional artist after having graduated from college. I found that making Time for creating art (and life in general) was becoming a grind. There were never enough hours in the day, and the free time I did have was squandered in meaningless activities. Time was a tyrant in my life. I feel this a common sentiment among many people today.
In this sculpture I was able to fight back against this tyrant–even thought the watches have this figure on the ground, he still defiantly struggles to break free.
“Struggling with Time” shows the preoccupation of American society with the
measurement of time. We are all but enslaved by it. Constantly looking at our watches, worrying about being late even if it is just for a few minutes, eternally conscious of time’s passage, it is amazing at how much we fear the loss of time.
I felt wrist watches best represented the negative role time can play in our society. A wrist watch gives the owner immediate access to a scientific measurement of the exact time down to the hundredth of a second. Why is this scientific and exact measurement of time so important to so many people in our society? I feel this emphasis on exactly measured time can cause much anxiety as we are organic creatures who respond differently to our changing environment. We often end up denying our free flowing organic qualities of humanity and try to replace them with rigid, artificially even measurements.
The figure lies on the ground to give the sense of how overwhelming time can be, but no-matter how bad things seem there is always hope. Hope and defiance of time is shown in the arms and the face. The figure’s right arm pulls persistently on the watch band wrapped around his torso, while his left arm supports the weight of his torso and head, keeping the figure from being completely dragged to the ground. The face has a stern calm look, not one of fear or worry, showing that the struggle has yet to overwhelm him.
The lines and flow of the watches create the continuum of time that threads through our lives, and serves as a reminder of the restraints time can place on our lives, if we allow it.
The patina, or coloration, is a French brown for the figure and a dark liver sulfur for the straps of the watch bands to create a smooth look of leather.