this project, I carry a sculpture I have carved to the peak and offered it to
the mountain. This is a symbolic act expressing my climber’s feeling of
gratitude toward the mountain for allowing me to reach its summit safely.
broader sense, offering the sculpture not only means offering the artwork
itself but also the time spent creating the piece and the skills acquired in
the process. Considering that my artwork is an extension of myself, I believe
that by leaving my sculpture there at the peak, it becomes part of the mountain
and I, therefore, somehow become one with the mountain.
Acrylic paint, cord, linen, thread, 9 x 6 x 1 in., Photo: Richard Nicol
"To enable me to pull the weight of a much larger painting, I sewed to harness based on those worn by body builders for strength training. Dragging around the literal weight of painting is a fitting metaphor for my practice practice goals right now. History lionizes macho gestures, but I'm looking for something more personal: new insights into the mashup of irony, humor, emotional pain, and earnestness that has driven my work over the past eight years." Margie
Livingston, Artist Statement