I am with Emmanuel Kant, convinced that art is not the representation of a beautiful thing, but the beautiful representation of a thing. Bronze is for me the noble material par excellence, more emotional than stone. Bronze was therefore a prerequisite for my dream of having a statue of a child and our dog made for our garden.
I am simply fascinated by the domestication of plants and animals, and by the mutual understanding and loyalty developed between humans and domestic animals during long centuries of cohabitation. A dog understands his master without his need to express himself, knowing how to interpret a look, a sound or a silence, and this fascinates me. This mutual understanding is a mystery to me and overwhelming at the same time.
Childhood is that period of life when we are more sensitive to the environment, to the atmosphere, more than to experience or analysis. The comradeships are then so instinctive, so obvious and leave precious memories in adulthood.
To evoke by a statue the mutual understanding and friendship, I was well aware that it would not be easy to find an artist capable of representing this. Isn’t the most important thing in art precisely the part that we can’t express? Would it be possible to transpose this into a statue? Thank you to my wife for encouraging me to take the plunge.
I looked at the works of dozens of artists, and often ended up with masterpieces…of deceased artists. I finally came across the person who, according to his works, seemed capable of making animals and children with the same soul and emotion. So I timidly contacted Robert Mileham, to find out if he accepted commissions from private individuals. And he did with lot of kindness.
We exchanged a lot by email, by photos. He advised me day by day, throughout the design and creation phase. We met him and his wife and the current immediately passed. They are delightful, attentive and cultured people.
My expectations are now exceeded, the statues of “Camaraderie”(note : how to best translate it in English) always seem to have been in my garden, integrated, and in mirror to my feelings. Thank you Robert for this work of art.
France April 2019
I am delighted with my recent commission of “Hermione”, the reclining lady. You have captured the proportions perfectly and her expression brings a smile to all who admire the work; many thanks Robert.