I really like this sculpture by Paige Bradley for its use of mixed media. Having a light shine through cracks in the body of the figure makes me more aware of the volume of the sculpture and makes it seem as if it has another dimension. The light brings energy to the prone body of bronze, alluding to the spirit inside our mortal bodies. Bradley’s concept is instantly clear as light has always been associated with heaven, stars and goodness, and the spirituality of the piece is immediately accessible to anyone who sees it. As creatures of both earth and technology, light is invaluable to us and we rely on it heavily every day throughout our entire lives. Light has been a symbol of life and growth in every culture which has ever existed, and that history of association makes us think of good things when we see it emphasised in a sculpture such as this. For me, the use of light in art usually speaks of magic and fantasy because it’s a visible yet intangible element which can touch us while the inanimate sculpture cannot. In this sculpture especially, the light seems to reach out to us from inside the figure as if her soul was trying to communicate in its purest form.
I would really like to experiment with my own light sculptures in order to create a sense of magic and a dimension beyond our own.