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29 April 2003

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2003

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Expecting Twins (detail)
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  1. New Work - and Exhibit Schedule
  2. Hey, She's on TV!
  3. Bas-relief Sculpture
  4. Iraq and Shakespeare
  5. Subscription Info.

New Work - and Exhibit Schedule

Sometimes it is really fun to take advantage of a unique opportunity and then play with the contrasting shapes you see before you. "Expecting Twins" is the result of one such event. One of the local models was pregnant and wanted to pose. I liked the contrast between the big round belly of life (growing larger and rounder each week) and the triangles I saw the rest of the mother's body form. That was last December. Kathy has since delivered a strapping baby boy. And just in time for Mother's Day, my bronze "delivery" may now be viewed online at:

Another new sculpture is a relief (wall-mounted) bronze titled, "Chest Piece". It may be viewed online at:

While it is convenient to look at art via the Internet, nothing beats seeing the real thing in front of you. So, if you are in Texas, I invite you to come to the first annual Sculptors' Dominion Outdoor Sculpture Gallery in San Antonio. It is held on the 7-acre private residence of The Honorable Roy R. Sr. and Carmen Z. Barrera. This is an amazing gathering of over 100 Texas-based sculptors, working in a large variety of media and styles. This celebration of 3-dimensional work (including many large outdoor pieces) takes place each weekend in May. However, due to my intense schedule, I will only be able to exhibit in San Antonio during the grand opening weekend: May 3 and 4.

Although I have already given out my allotted tickets for the Sculptors' Reception Saturday night (May 3), you may still attend for $50 per person. Otherwise, the show is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 4 p.m. for $10 per person. For more details about this big event and some of my other May shows, please visit my exhibits page online at:

Hey, She's on TV!

On April 7th, I was filmed live on TV, being interviewed in 4 different segments (2 minutes each) for Austin's Fox 7 News in the morning. Journalist Crystal Cotti and her cameraman Kyle showed up at my studio around 4:30 in the foggy morning and set up for the live interviews to promote a current show for the Texas Society of Sculptors (TSOS), in which I exhibited a bronze sculpture work titled "Gregg".

The first segment aired around 5:15 on Fox 7 Morning News and we talked about the sculpture show, TSOS, and the bronze casting process. I was amused that once we went off the air, the journalist asked me if I could simplify the bronze process a bit for the viewing audience. My first thought, "Well, . . . noooooooo. It is a very complicated process with many steps involved and I am only given a minute!" But I was able to give it another shot during the third segment (around 6:30) when I described bas-relief sculpture with examples. The second segment (around 6 a.m.) featured one of my figurative stone carvings (in-progess) and my clay study of muscles and bone. And in the final segment (around 7 a.m.), I got to show off my sketches (made hastily in the dark) from Ballet Austin's "Touch" performance from a few nights before, as well as talk about why sculptors draw.

Naturally I was thrilled to be interviewed on television about how I produce art (despite the early hour), but I must admit the process of producing a live TV segment is interesting, too.

Bas-relief Sculpture:

Speaking of bas-relief (what I used to call "puffy painting"): On March 19th, I attended what I thought was going to be a lecture by sculptor Donna Dobberfuhl about the relief sculpture she carves from bricks. Instead she was giving an hour-long workshop in how to make clay reliefs. Each of us attendees tried to sculpt one of our neighbor's profiles, while possibly being the subject of someone else's work as well. I was rather crushed to have to ball up the clay and put it back in Donna's tub after the hour was up, but thank goodness my subject, sculptor Eloiese Krabbenhoft, had brought her digital camera! She later sent me an image of my work, so at least I have some record of the fun evening.

Although I did exaggerate the nose (I just like character noses!), you may view this quick study below:

[bas-relief, portrait in profile]
1-hour bas relief in plastilina
by Kelly Borsheim

P.S. The workshop I attended was part of an on-going series hosted by the non-profit organization, Sculptureworks, Inc. Their Web site is www.gobronze.org. Sculptureworks works with public libraries around the country to show sculpture throughout communities, to educate about the arts, and even to sell the works on display.

Iraq and Shakespeare:

"What a piece of work is man!" I have heard that it is not good for business to reference the current world situation. But I find that as an artist whose thoughts and work deal with coexisting opposites, I have a difficult time putting these things out of my mind.

I hate it when people tell me that I lack insider information about world events so my political opinions have little merit; or that since I am an artist, I cannot possibly understand the complexities of politics or - worse - the "real" world. Although I admit that I often do not understand the "logic" of political actions, I do know something about people. I am quite capable of understanding human motivations even when I do not agree with all of them. And I can even anticipate how some people will behave and why. I can see the big picture. I would argue that observation is the key skill an artist spends his or her life developing and that an art education often includes studies in science, psychology, religion, and social studies. I am not flighty, nor am I "less than" another human being.

A common activity in wartime is emphasizing our differences to the point in which the words degenerate into broad generalizations and then personal insult. The other side HAS to be seen as less than human (or at least a less intelligent or "worthy" form of life), otherwise fighting becomes RIDICULOUS. Equals see the absurdity in killing each other and figure out other means to resolve conflicts. But in a violent confrontation, the two sides must become polarized to black and white. There can be no gray area, because hesitation kills a soldier. If a government provokes a fight (or defends one), the propaganda must start.

As a child, I started to come to the realization that there is no such thing as truth. There is only a perception of truth. Or rather, truth is many different perceptions put together, even when those perceptions are opposing ideas. Perception is influenced by our experiences, so what is true for you may not be true for me. Truth is in the eye of the beholder. And we have so many beholders!

I hear or read interviews with people who live in Iraq or neighboring areas and the opinions and feelings expressed seem as varied as those American voices I hear. The sadness, the anger, the effort that each person tries to put forth to do the "right" thing (but what is that?), and the other extreme emotions are a bit overwhelming for me at times - and I am working safely at home. There are some days in which I feel stumped about the solutions. Questions abound. I know what I do not want and I know what I would like to see happen. I am just not sure which is the most efficient and beneficial way to get there.

I find my mind wandering back to William Shakespeare's "Hamlet". Shakespeare's work is classic not only because of the beautiful and lyrical arrangement of his words, but also for the perception of his observations. In the following passage, Prince Hamlet expresses his frustration and despair that those who are capable of such good can also disappoint:

"What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so."

--From Hamlet, Prince of Denmark - 1601 - Act II. - Scene 2. - Rows: 115-117

Perhaps I am just an optimist, but I am encouraged that even in the darkest of days, Prince Hamlet is still able to see - and so eloquently express - the goodness in mankind.


In closing, I invite you to give me a call and come out to see what I am currently working on in the studio - inside and out! I would also love to know of places to exhibit near you, so please send me any gallery leads or information about artist opportunities. Thanks so much!

With kindest regards,
Kelly Borsheim
29 April 2003

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