"It is more to raise an issue about what sculpture is for me, and I hope that might communicate itself to an audience. It’s a strange medium in that it takes up space, it takes up our space. It brings things into the world, and there is already too much stuff in the world. So it’s kind of absurd, and its absurdity is what I find fascinating. So perhaps it will mean that people will have to walk around it. I hope that will arouse curiosity about sculpture, about what it is and why it is what it is."
— Phyllida Barlow (via Tate Guide)
"The term sculpture is derived from the Latin sculptura, from sculpere, to carve or cut out of stone. A strict application of this rather restricted interpretation would exclude all forms save that of carving in stone. The term is today employed in a wider and more inclusive sense and embraces an abundance of materials and methods.
Sculpture is, essentially, a three-dimensional art concerned with the organisation of masses or volumes. the sculptor composes his work in terms of volumes or masses, planes, contours, light and dark areas and textures"
The materials and methods of sculpture
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