Throughout my career I have divided my work into sculptures and drawings. In this post, I will discuss sculptures. These works of art can take years to complete, but I feel that they tell an amazing story. One of my favorite sculpture projects was of Mother Theresa, or as she was originally named as an Albanian, Gonxha Bojaxhiu. I fashioned this sculpture out of (stone?). In this piece Mother Theresa is cradling three children, and I based the faces of the three children off of my three sons. Art, inevitably, will become a personal project since you spend so many days, hours and weeks pouring your heart and soul into it. I completed the sculpture “Plisat” out of wood in 1996. This stack of traditional Albanian hats can hold several meanings to the viewer. Most of my art involves a sense of Albanian culture, history and a great number of emotions.
I completed the “Babylon Tower” in 1998 also out of wood. My trip to the U.S. a few years ago inspired me to launch a year of exploration of biblical themes, in which I portray my thoughts about various events in the Bible. I spent a year studying, internalize and thinking critically about different elements of the Christian faith. It is from this year that several of my pieces emerged including the “Babylon Tower”, the drawing “Adam and Eve”, the drawing “The Ark” and others.
What are your favorite sculptures of all time, and what emotions do they make you feel?