"Allegorical Art" is a term James Muir uses to describe his work, which is filled with symbology to help create a heightened social, political and spiritual awareness. "The allegorical symbolism in my sculptures bridges the centuries of history to make contemporary statements about the human condition, in order to exemplify the highest qualities of man. My work speaks of Duty, Honor, Courage, Liberty and Justice, but above all, it speaks of Truth and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit".
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"Children" maquette Bronze Sculpture
edition .. 24
LIFE-SIZE BRONZE SCULPTURE
|Edition . . 12+1
Edition . . 30
Size . . 9"H
Fleeing before the storm clouds of war, a little refugee girl, herself still merely a child, gives comfort and reassurance to her own doll-child.
[They are on a street corner somewhere in Europe fleeing before the Nazis or the Allies; in Spain or Italy fleeing before the Fascists; in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Afghanistan, or the Far East fleeing before the Communists; in the Middle East fleeing before the Moslems, or U.N. "Peacekeepers;" in Albania, Rumania, Azebaijan, Russia, Bosnia or Chechnya fleeing before the Socialists: and in Africa, Asia, Central America, Haiti or America fleeing before the Tyranny of poverty and oppression.]*
Through it all, she reflects the uncertain innocence and trust of all little children inheriting a world not of their making, yet, filled with the hope of creating a better future for themselves and for their own "war-child's" children."
HISTORICAL NOTE: Depicts a young European refugee girl from the 1930's with a pre-1929 Kathe Kruse doll made in Berlin.
In keeping with his deep spiritual convictions and social consciousness, Muir's sculptural subjects have expanded to reflect the critical nature of the times in which we live. Yet, whether historical or contemporary, "the golden thread that ties it all together is still my never-ending quest for the essence of life- for Truth in its purest form."
James Muir awarded
The prestigious Olaf Weighorst Award at the Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson, Arizona, for the maquette of the Lifesize Baca Memorial to be installed May 24, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in Reserve, New Mexico
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