15 inches high, 9 inches wide, 12 inches long,
patina and varnish finish.
The hands of this sculpture having turned to wings, reference this "escape" or "flight" from pain, where death is actually a means of deliverance and freedom.
When this first occurred in 1984 I said I was forgiving. This came out the Mennonite culture and theology with which I was raised. As time went on an inner root of bitterness began to grow. Over time this root began to reveal itself as I would "lose it" on occasion. At first I was surprised but not concerned, thinking I was just having a bad day, I'd chock it up to something like lack of sleep or whatever. No problem, I just needed to keep an even keel.
Unfortunately that was just the beginning, for I did continue to have outbreaks of anger and rage to the point I realized I would not only lose my job but other important relationships. I did not want to lose my wife, or my family and friends etc. I realized I needed to do something about it. Which I did.
To make a long story short, it came down to revisiting "forgiveness." This time I made sure I knew what I was needing to forgive and then pro-actively took the important steps of doing just that, forgiving. Letting it go.
It changed my life. The past no longer had any grip or control over me. I was now free to start again. Delivered. Almost, like death was the escape from pain and bondage for Candace, so for me forgiveness was the way of freedom from the destructive affects of the bitterness, the rage and the anger of the past.
Forgiveness I have found is the greatest gift to mankind. It was worth all the pain and effort to embrace it, for it saved my life. I am a satisfied customer.
"Freedom" has been packed up snug for a trip to Toronto where it will be part of a silent auction at the National Restorative Justice Symposium to be held in Toronto Nov. 17 - 19, 2013.
May "Freedom' have a long and meaningful life.