Khalil Gibran once said: “Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” Some of us take concepts such as dreams, memory, and experience very seriously. Thinking about them and exploring their mysteries may take years. Wisconsin based artist Paul Nitsche is working on one unique sculpture series that revolves around these three main themes. Ossis Fateor Memoria (Bone Confesses Memory) is the second sculpture of his three piece collection. This bell jar sculpture is exploring the individualistic memories we all had but lost. This magnificent sculpture is created from human bone, bronze, wood, resin, cast glass, bell jar, acrylic, gold leaf, silk, and hardware.
I am an artist interested in exploring the fragility and pathos of our bodies, our existence.
I have long gravitated to objects and investigations of the past. Specifically, this piece is one of a bell jar series regarding Dream, Memory, and Experience. Where the bell jar form invites themes of memories, collections, and sacred objects, the depiction of Memory is so individualistic. I eventually became intrigued with the concept of fetal memory- something we have all shared but is now lost to us. It is at once mutual and absent. How does auditory and vibratory stimulus feed a growing mind? In some murky state of being, we once knew.
The implementation of fine craft is an important and appropriate device in this work. Both art and medicine share a synthesis of the technical and the aesthetic. Several of my works, like this one, incorporate human bone. It is a material that holds a psychological weight and mysterious beauty.
I am currently working on the third bell jar in this series, Experience. Also, next year I hope to complete a large bronze figurative/reliquary work that I started years ago. In January 2017, I am fortunate enough to be featured in the art magazine, Hi-Fructose, as part of their focus on emerging artists.
Bell Jar Sculpture series continues on..
It is undeniable that this bell jar sculpture captivates its observer with its mysterious beauty. One can only speculate on how Paul’s third and final piece of this series will look like. But I guess we will just have to wait and see. To see his first sculpture of the series and keep up to date with his daily activity you can follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter. Finally, if you would like to share your thoughts on this sculpture you can do that in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Paul Nitsche.