Sculpture: The Jumper

In my studio this summer we poured a 200 pound block of plaster and then gradually chiseled away at it to carve something showing motion. I chose to do a long jumper for my piece since I was a long jumper in high school and absolutely loved it.

This project was an insane amount of work. Despite being done for a full day, my hand is still extremely sore, swollen, and I am unable to bend or straighten it all the way. I was so frustrated while working on this piece, I almost wanted to just quit. I even had an arm break off while working (which I am actually very happy that it did). However, despite how much I hated it while working, t was by far the best critique (at least most positive) I have ever had, and I think it may be my favorite piece that I have ever made (other than photographs).

59 thoughts on “Sculpture: The Jumper

    • Well the photographs are simply to capture the sculpture, they aren’t intended to be artistic or strong photographs necessarily. Plus it was difficult since it was surrounded by other pieces and a messy room.

  1. The sculpture is indeed lovely but I wish you had put the pics right from the block of plaster till this piece. That would have been even more interesting.

  2. The piece is beautiful, congratulations; it’s a wonderful blend of abstract and representational. The placement of the support, though, is a little disturbing …

  3. The interesting thing about this sculpture is that it also looks quite like a high jumper. The sand helps!
    Lovely sense of movement. Hope your hand is healing well. πŸ™‚

  4. Dear Miss Thompson,

    If your goal was to sculpt motion, you’ve obviously succeeded in spades. This piece is flawless, within reason, if a fellow can call a thing flawless and remain reasonable.

    The truly fascinating thing from my perspective is, that while you’ve explained that the subject is a long jumper (which is plain to see, anyhow, particularly with the sand) I can’t help but see it in myriad other ways, as well:

    Upon first looking at it, I saw it leap forward, extremities wild and akimbo in slow motion. Then, however, my mind played a trick on me, and I saw the figure suspended over a great abyss, like a yawning well, and slowly begin to fall, then faster as the unlucky figure began to uselessly thrash. I can see it being hurled straight up at a hundred miles an hour, or yanked backward suddenly by an invisible string and whirled around.

    Ah. Well, I’ve gotten carried away.

    A fine piece, indeed. I like the angles, bytheway.

    Yours Truly,


  5. There is power in the sculpture that keeps it in the air – suspended in the jump. Such strength that I am not surprised your hand is needing time to recover from the carving experience. Form and balance captured from all angles. A great piece! Congratulations! Terrill

  6. If you hadn’t decided to name this “The Jumper,” I would have πŸ˜‰
    I really like the intellectual freedom with which you must have carved this. This is absolutely expressive of the soul. I feel like myself as the statue having lept through the air off of a cliff into the ocean after being kissed by the beautiful love of my life for the first time. β€” Pure adrenaline!

  7. Awesome and inspiring…I threw javelin in college and absolutely loved it. There is something fascinating about track and field. What an excellent piece, a true success.

    • Thank you! Unfortunately I don’t have any other sculptures. I have some ceramics pieces that I keep meaning to document and put up here, but other than that I am mainly a photographer.

  8. Thank you all SO much!!!! I really appreciate all of your kind words, and it is so good to hear that you have enjoyed the piece! Thanks for stopping by!

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