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Saint Sebastian

         

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The last time I worked with Michelle, in '98, I did this cast of her torso.  After her premature death last year, I decided to redo this torso cast in an attempt to purge the many "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" that had plagued her final days.  Inspired by the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and Hamlet's soliloquy -

"To be or not to be, that is the question;
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to — 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause."

           

This sculpture is part of a private collection.

          

2008 Joseph Canger.com