American sculptor Jo Grishman has created over 60 individual sculptures as part of her newest series about letting go of things we hold so tightly on. Her works will include a 50+ sculpture installation and other larger sculptures with found objects.
"For me, this body of work, examines the things that we experience in life that no longer serve us, and how by letting go of them, we make room for the things that make our spirits thrive. The freedom, comes from the surrender. My work for Letting Go Of Holding On, consists of 11 new sculptures that combine clay, encaustic, mixed media and found objects, as well as a wall installation of 50 handmade ceramic and mixed media boats, with found objects and text, exploring the universality, the collective consciousness of our life’s voyage I invite you on this journey with me. What do we hold onto? What do we release? We tend to cling to everything in life as if it were vital to our existence. We hold onto people, to things, to relationships, memories, experiences…We grasp on for dear life, as though our lives actually depended on it. Often times, what we are clutching, is in free fall along with us. The lifelines we thought we were holding onto with all our might for survival, are not actually steadfast In reality, the thing we are often clinging to, is ironically, not attached to anything at all. Sometimes, what we hold, is actually destructive, but at the time, we are too close to see it. Sometimes, what we grasp, is a wonderful moment that is ﬂeeting, but we don’t want it to end, for fear of never having a moment such as this again. How do we allow ourselves to let go of these attachments, what no longer serves us? How do we begin to let go of holding on?" "“All the art of living lies in a ﬁne mingling of letting go and holding on.” -Havelock Ellis