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Barbara Hepworth

  • ... I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body.

    • Barbara Hepworth,
    • in Abraham Marie Hammacher, The Sculpture of Barbara Hepworth ()
  • All my early memories are of forms and shapes and textures. Moving through and over the West Riding landscape with my father in his car, the hills were sculptures; the roads defined the form. Above all, there was the sensation of moving physically over the contours of fullnessess and concavities, through hollows and over peaks — feeling, touching, seeing, through mind and hand and eye. This sensation has never left me. I, the sculptor, am the landscape. I am the form and the hollow, the thrust and the contour.

  • My left hand is my thinking hand. The right is only a motor hand. This holds the hammer. The left hand, the thinking hand, must be relaxed, sensitive. The rhythms of thought pass through the fingers and grip of this hand into the stone.

  • I love my blocks of marble, always piling up in the yard like a flock of sheep.

  • The United Nations is our conscience. If it succeeds it is our success. If it fails it is our failure.

Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor

(1903 - 1975)