Lorado Taft's sculpture, the "Solitude of the Soul," is located in the American Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. It never ceases to amaze me because I see figures emerging from the stone. Like Michelangelo's "Bound Slave," Taft sensed the spirits in the rock and chipped away to set them free. I have been working on a series of drawings and paintings based on the piece.
He is quoted as saying that "Despite the fact that however closely we may be thrown together by circumstances, we barely know each other."
I often feel this way. I have a deep connection to Taft and his work because I did my graduate studies in his studio at the University of Chicago. I worked in a very large L-shaped studio that overlooked a courtyard. Although it was a trying experience, I still have fond memories of making art in such a sacred space.