Barbara Hepworth Quote

I do not want to make a stone horse that is trying to and cannot smell the air. How lovely is the horse's sensitive nose, the dogs moving ears and deep eyes; but to me these are not stone forms and the love of them and the emotion can only be expressed in more abstract terms. I do not want to make a machine that cannot fulfil its essential purpose; but to make exactly the right relation of masses, a living thing in stone, to express my awareness and thought of these things.


In: 'Unit one', 1934; as quoted in "Voicing our visions, - Writings by women artists", ed. by Mara R. Witzling, Universe New York 1991, p. 278

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I do not want to make a stone horse that is trying to and cannot smell the air. How lovely is the horse's sensitive nose, the dogs moving ears and...

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I do not want to make a stone horse that is trying to and cannot smell the air. How lovely is the horse's sensitive nose, the dogs moving ears and...

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I do not want to make a stone horse that is trying to and cannot smell the air. How lovely is the horse's sensitive nose, the dogs moving ears and...

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I do not want to make a stone horse that is trying to and cannot smell the air. How lovely is the horse's sensitive nose, the dogs moving ears and...