I finished the first group portrait in August 2014, added a new figure into the three group portraits in January of 2015, and created two new figures for a fourth group in March of that same year. Avoiding my interest in experimentation with size, surface, and coloration, I made sure the new additions maintained the series characteristics. The exception for the fourth group was that the poses, gestures, facial expressions, and gazes were less communicative: there was less visual drama. I wanted to learn if the variety I was seeing in viewer interpretation would change markedly with a more subtle treatment of the sculpture. Some samples of written comments from the interactive ballots and surveys illustrate how viewers responded: GROUP #4. Commentary remained as varied as the first three group portraits.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED? I think this conversation is about kids. A friend passed away. Discussing where to eat. One is sharing, the other is ignoring. They’re figuring out how to fix something. Telling about a recent murder in town. A memory. A betrayal has taken place. Husbands and their hobbies. She’s trying to convince the thinker to help her. How to improve where they live. They’re re-decorating a room. The one’s new haircut. Kardashinan Dad: How do I look? Does this dress fit? The one with her hands behind her back is ignoring the other. She doesn’t want to hear it. She’s asking (angrily) the other (prideful) woman, “What the Hell is wrong with you?” Been controlled and manipulated. The woman is singing for her voice coach to see if she has improved. Looks like a girl talking to her coach. The other woman “listening” has lost focus. She got fired from a great job & feels like a failure.
MOST USED DESCRIPTIVE WORDS: Recognition, gentle, suspicion, difficult, personal, closed, informative, revelatory, interruption, tense, affirming, challenging, edifying; visitor-contributed descriptors: curiosity, accepting, funny, concentration, contemplative
SAMPLE QUOTES (not specific to any figure): I’m not really one to talk…”I’m being as kind about this as I can be.” What are you thinking?” Is that so?!” And then he said…” I don’t want to bring this up again, but…” What would you do?” Why don’t you look at me when I’m talking to you?” I really don’t care.” What do you think?” Every day is a new start—your life isn’t over—it’s transformed.
THE SCULPTURE IS A MONUMENT TO: My sister and me. Chamber of Commerce. Sharing. Human interaction. Friends. Contemplation. “Lightbulb over the Head”
VIEWER-SUGGESTED TITLES FOR INSTALLATION: Together We Go From Here, Just Listen, The Talk, I Hear You, Advice, Envision This, Control, Can’t You Get it? Know-it-All, And then, he said… Revelation/AHA
FAVORITE FIGURE: the speaker; MOST CLOSELY IDENTIFIED WITH: the listener (hands behind back); (Only one vote difference.) I had an AHA moment communicated to me by a friend.