ex·pan·sion /ɪkˈspænʃ(ə)n/ (noun)
- The process of increasing in size and filling more space
- The process of making a business, organization, or activity grow by including more people, moving into new areas, sell more products, etc
- Something that has more detail or information than something done before
“Expansion” by Paige Bradley.
I cannot even begin to explain what this sculpture represents to me; it’s so powerful & overwhelming that I would like to travel to witness it’s presence for myself. I need to feel it with all of my senses. I need to visit her, not ‘it’. This is more than a sculpture.
She encompasses my being, I do not know how else to explain it. Have you heard the expression, “There is beauty in brokenness”? Well there is, and this sculpture exudes it. The glow that comes from within, through the cracks and brokenness, when the sun goes down on the horizon- represents the light within us all. All survivors have it; we just need to find it. Search for it. The light within, let it shine through. Illuminate.
The name itself speaks of what I believe; the definition coincides with Teal Lotus. Inclusion of others, expanding beyond your own knowledge to discover more, growth… I feel as if this sculpture IS Teal Lotus. This sculpture is me, and it is you. Let this be a representation, to allow yourself to ‘crack’ and be open to expansion when the time is right. It is ok to shelter yourselves and not permit your inner turmoil, beauty, struggle, light show until you are ready. But when you are ready, you will radiate beyond measure. Thus, you will allow yourself to expand, to grow, and to open beyond your comprehension.
Do you see this beauty is in meditation? Do you notice what position she is in? For those of you who are not knowledgeable of Yoga poses, she is in the Lotus position. How incredible is this? The name of the pose and the pose itself are also significant to me. Do you know what benefits the Lotus pose gives you? It is the sacred pose in which calms the mind and body, perfect for meditation/prayer. I sit in this pose often to center myself, calm my mind to eliminate panic attacks and/or flashbacks. It allows good posture for regulated breathing, to calm your soul. It was and is my center, my grounding technique. The Lotus flower represents many positive attributes; victory, confidence, healing, peace, wisdom and purity.
Let’s talk about the obvious, she is naked. This is powerful. For me personally, I have wrestled with hating my body. I hated how it looked, the vulnerability I felt when it was exposed, the feeling of disgust when I looked into the mirror. I have come a long way since having these negative feelings toward my body described as Body Dismorphia. However, I still have a long journey ahead to full acceptance of my own beauty. Not the beauty defined by society, but the beauty of loving oneself for who you are and not changing a single characteristic. The fact that this sculpture is naked, she is naked, expresses so much. She is confident in her own skin, not ashamed by its exposure. She owns her beauty; cracks, scars, secrets and all. She shows the world that she is not perfect; that she may be struggling with demons and that she is also overcoming them. She is being no one else but her own; she is at peace with herself.
I will visit this sculpture someday. I will visit her, I must. I feel deeply connected. It’s almost as if I am a part of this creation, or that it was created for me (and you). I need to visit my light within, my beauty in brokenness…
Artist page: http://www.paigebradley.com/