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Sassona Norton

To Whom Do I Pray
76” x 23 ½” x 15”

“To whom do I pray” projects presence against absence and intersects different forms and shapes to support the notion that the need to pray is fundamental to the human experience, regardless of one’s deity, or the lack of it. It gives voice to the contemporary phenomenon where determination and confusion occur simultaneously. The upward gesture of the bronze praying hands is echoed in the trapezoid of corten steel underneath. The relationship between the figurative image and the geometric shape is of equals. The geometric column intersects into the flesh of the arms to stress their emotional context, and together they form in the center a negative space of a triangle. The vertical triangle is the most upward of geometric forms, and the vacancy of the space frames endless possibilities of intersection with what might be seen through.