Joie de Vivre, 2005
• carrara statuario marble
• 13” H x 11.5” W x 12” D (33cm H x 29cm W x 30cm D)
• collection of Ms. Jann Arden, Bragg Creek, AB, Canada.
Michael Binkley was delighted to have Canadian singer/songwriter, Jann Arden visit his gallery and she was very taken by Michael’s work. She saw a picture of his “Jubilation” sculpture in his portfolio and asked if Binkley could create a similar piece for her new home.
Being an artist herself, she trusted Binkley’s abilities and gave him creative license to carve this sculpture, which the two collaboratively titled “Joie de Vivre”, or joy of life.
Binkley considers the sculpture one of his “rubenesque” series pieces and it is meant to bring a smile to the face of the viewer. The female nude kicks her right leg upwards, tossing her head and shoulders back and her arms and fingers are outstretched.
Jann wanted the figure to appear to be emerging from the marble, hence Binkley’s use of a mass behind her left leg that looks like a rock.
The sculptor used statuario white marble for this sculpture, which is quarried at the famous town of Carrara, Italy. This particular variety of marble has been coveted for centuries by artists and patrons alike as being the finest marble for sculpture in the world. Binkley loves this material for his figurative sculptures, as it allows the form to take centre stage and light falling on the marble looks exquisite.
Ms. Arden was overjoyed with the finished piece and it graces the entry hall of her home.