ht: 11"/27 cm

This piece arose from the convergence of two influences. The first is Joseph Campbell’s writings on the importance of myth in contemporary life, which stirred my thoughts about the power of subconscious reality, and the importance of that part of us that grows and develops beneath the level of our awareness.

The other influence is the masterful sculpture created by Matisse in 1914 called The Serf. One of my favorite pieces of art, it’s the armless figure of a nude man who has drunk of the bitter cup of life. It radiates with courage and pathos.

My Campesino, as the peasants of Central America are called, borrows both the title and the general pose of Matisse’s work. Perhaps I even share purposes with Matisse in my attempt to evoke the life inside the man instead of the body wrapped around him.

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