Interlude, Paris

Time , Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

Time, Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

In between late last year’s sketches and a new set of paintings to come, I spent my winter break looking to other forms of inspiration. In Paris for a few days in December, I turned my camera to sculptures inside the beautiful Musée Rodin on rue de Varenne. 

History , Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

History, Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

Profiles , Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

Profiles, Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

Auguste Rodin is touted as the father of modern sculpture, but he is not just modern, he is also contemporary. The faces of his sculptures gaze out at us in the today, imbued with a human psychology, and even a compassion, that I believe we both recognize and need, perhaps more than we realize. 

Hands , Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

Hands, Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

I was drawn especially to the reflections of the present backdrops in the glass panels of the vitrines that house the sculptures, and I used my camera to capture interiors, windows, tree branches, other visitors, and even a bit of myself in the compositions. 

Reflection , Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

Reflection, Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

For this exercise, I was especially drawn to his plaster-cast sculptures, which feel raw and becoming, and their white contours, a perfect surface to capture the fleeting images of our own time.

Thought , Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017

Thought, Musée Rodin, Paris, 2017