on naming a sculpture . . .

Occasionally, I am troubled by my tendency to name every sculpture.  In some instances, I fear that a title limits the genuine response and observation of viewers.  Initial impressions are foreclosed and I am denied what others see.   At an exhibition back in 2011, I removed the title from a work because I was unhappy with it.  The sculpture then bore the name ‘Untitled’. When I asked a woman named Olivia what she saw. She said, almost without hesitation, “It’s a kiss.” … and  The Kiss has been the name of this sculpture ever since.

May I always be open to the vision of others.


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