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Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 27.1 (2006) 32-38



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Journey of the Soul

My work is mainly motivated by questions about the reasons for living and the complexity of the universe. I believe we all follow an individual path in life to reach our spiritual goal. I see life not only as the journey of the soul but as the assembly of a perpetual spiritual game, which continues past death into multiple reincarnations.

The movement is forward and upward; on our way we go through circles, spirals, ups and downs, trying to focus on our goal. I have a special need to indicate the importance and richness of movement within the rigid metal material. The illusion of the victory of energy over matter is employed here too: a bronze figure floating in air; a person climbing a tree or standing on stairs but actually holding them up. Ambition, striving, and aspiration—depicted metaphorically with ropes, ladders, and stairs—are ways of trying to overcome the restrictions of matter to free our soul imprisoned in a physical body. By using springs, I incorporate movement into bronze works and enhance further the emphasis on energy. [End Page 32]


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Creativity (2002), Courtesy of Tess DeGange, Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Figure 2
Balancing (2000), Courtesy of Tess DeGange, Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Figure 3
State of Mind (2001), Courtesy of Tess DeGange, Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Figure 4
Sky is the Limit (1997), Courtesy of Tess DeGange, Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Figure 5
Stairs of Life (1998), Courtesy of Tess DeGange, Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Write and Read (2004), Courtesy of Tess DeGange, Seven-O-Seven Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tolla Inbar was born in Germany in 1958. She moved to Israel in 1971. Six years later, she began to study sculpture, experimenting in materials and gradually moving from a realistic and figurative to a more expressive and semi-abstract style. She opened her own gallery and studio with her first one-woman show in 1988. Since then, her work has been widely exhibited in Israel, Germany, France, and the United States. The images of Inbar's work in this issue are courtesy of Seven-O-Seven Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-0334
Print ISSN
0160-9009
Pages
pp. 32-38
Launched on MUSE
2006-07-31
Open Access
No
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