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Bronze, edition of 10 + 2AP
12.5cm x 7cm x 7cm
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About this work:
This gorgeous little bronze bell - which actually rings! - was created by Camilla Bliss during the lockdown of 2020 in London.
The Woodcutter Bell is based on a fable called 'The Woodcutter and His Axe'. It tells the story of a woodcutter that works very hard each day, cutting down lots of trees. As time passes he finds he is not able to cut down as many as he originally could, however hard he tries. This is because he has not taken the time to sit and rest and sharpen his Axe. The act of chopping wood can be as pure and meditative as the sound of a bell slowly chiming on each beat. If we slow down and pause we become more adept to our sensory surroundings.
Through closed eyes we can move further into our imaginations disconnecting from the direct world around us, but at the same time the meditative sound of a bell can touch on our multi-sensory being and ground us to the direct world we live in.
The Axe represents our minds. If we do not take the time to rest our bodies and sharpen our tools we do not perform as well. This sculpture becomes a reminder of the importance to pause and take a moment to relax. It also lends itself to our current lockdown in which this stillness forces us to slow down and step back from our busy lives taking time to reflect and focus on what is important to us.