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"Inspira” joins “Creatia” in projecting the sculptor’s unique exploration of the anatomy of creative thought that underlies her sculptural art. “Inspira” is that sweeping vision that captures the senses through a profound ascending line, suggesting a whispered intuition that informs a great idea. For M.L. Snowden, “Inspira” is the embodiment of communication, based upon two lithe receptors whose identity remains shrouded in mystery. Part fragmentary wish, part ascending ladder; part reverie; “Inspira” is a profound spiritual work that touches the divine nature of conceptual vision.

With almost dream like floatation, “Inspira” belies it immense bronze weight to project immateriality. It is that rare sculpture that balances its line in receiving a complex of related forces, most notably expressed through new levels of structured bronze striations and embedments that seem to charge the work with nurturing rays. As with other sculptures of the “Evolution of Conception,” “Inspira” advances the sculpture’s meditation on the titanic forces and energies that power geological phenomena, as it comes to focus upon the reality that the nature of human thought is increasingly seen as one of the foremost instruments of planetary change. With reciprocal energy summaries expressed through lithe figuration cresting and foundering the work, Snowden is able to access an unseen realm in the language of unfading metal.


M.L. Snowden is a third generation protegé of the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin and the inheritor of Rodin’s sculptural techniques and original sculpting tools, which she uses in her own work. Her sculpture has been shown in museums around the world and is in the permanent collection of The White House. Snowden has received numerous awards including being named the world winner of the 1992 International Rodin Competition in Tokyo, Japan. In 1989, at the age of 36, Snowden was awarded the National Sculpture Society’s inaugural Alex Ettl Grant for “Lifetime Achievement in American Sculpture.” Snowden’s commissions include the Main Altar of the $200 million Los Angeles Cathedral.

Text: Di Sulio