Marcia Wood on the development of Procession
From an interview with Helen Sheridan in the exhibition catalogue for Marcia Wood: Recent Sculpture, 1985
The sculpture is, in my mind, related to wonderful architectural fragments from classical antiquity. You've seen the remains of Greek temples, particularly the colonnades and pediments where only bits and pieces are still standing after all these centuries. I'm very interested in how forms survive. Perhaps that's another metaphor for human existence too--survival.
Artists are continually looking back to see what has been done with art. What has happened to it since it left the hands of the artist or the architect. How it has been impacted by nature, by the elements, by human interaction. What struck me about some of these ancient forms was that they do endure, almost by chance sometimes. But they endure in a variety of ways, even though fractured and disfigured and showing the scars of time. They reveal history. They have not been kept in a closed, supervised environment but are an experience of history.
All of the shapes mounted on top of these columns are a combination of severe planes and curving edges... The linear elements added to those large curving shapes cast shadows and set up a rhythm. A linear, rhythmical pattern over these surfaces will be set against the tempo of the rather rigid columns.