Credit: Julia Stratton
Artist's statement: This sculpture is from “Requiem for a Soldier,” a collection of fourteen sculptures that pair the theme of war with the movements of the Mozart Requiem.
Each sculpture corresponds with one of the fourteen sections of Mozart's Requiem, and uses the Requiem's powerful expression of conflict and loss as inspiration for the motif.
This body of work was begun during the C-Scape Dune Shack Artist Residency in the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. While the stunning landscape of Cape Cod’s dunes may seem an unlikely location in which to focus on the theme of war, it was the peace and natural beauty of this environment that gave me the freedom to work with such a dark subject.
Not only did the Park provide the daily antidote to my subject matter, but the isolation intrinsic to the location helped fuel a concentrated work period unlike any other. Working as an Artist-in-Residence in the Dune Shack is one of my fondest memories, and one for which I am extremely grateful.
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