Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
James Davis, This is Something We Had to Go Through, 2006.
James Davis, This is Something We Had to Go Through, 2006.
James Davis, This is Something We Had to Go Through, 2006.
James Davis, This is Something We Had to Go Through, 2006.  Photo taken during installation.
James Davis, This is Something We Had to Go Through, 2006.  Photo taken during installation.
James Davis, This is Something We Had to Go Through, 2006.  Photo taken during installation.

This Is Something We Had To Go Through

Steel and cast iron

7' x 14' x 1'

James Davis
Hattiesburg, MS

21st Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2007-2008)

Artist's Comments

The sculptures in this series deal with personal thoughts and experiences. The ideas derived from thinking about all the things a person has to go through in a life time. These things can be small or large, happy or sad, good or bad. Whatever the feeling may be, these are the things that direct you. Experiences make you who you are.

All of these sculptures hold different meanings for me and for each viewer. I created actual passages that the viewers could go through so they could experience the feeling of going through something difficult. Everyone has to go through things they don't want to and those are all different for each person. The sculptures are a visual version of some of the things that I was afraid to go through.
James Davis

Juror's Comments

James Davis' This is Something We Had to Go Through is the only figurative work in the exhibition. The strength of this work is how it, on one hand, is whimsical and innocent, and on the other conveys intensity and conflict. As the title suggests, the work is about passage, personal experience, and movement beyond. As the title suggests, the work is about passage, personal experience, and movement beyond. It is curiously optimistic despite its substantive scale and slab-like quality. It successfully conjures struggle, obstacle, perseverance, and memory with irony and wit.
Shannon Fitzgerald
Independent Curator and Author