In January, 2016 I had the opportunity to visit the J. Paul Getty Villa on the Malibu coast in Los Angeles, California. It is one of two locations of 44,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6500 BC to 400 AD including the large Landsdowne Hercules and the Victorious Youth. An amazing collection in a beautiful setting and free admission to boot!
I was drawn to the small bronze Greek figures, no more than 4 to 5 inches tall, that were placed in the tombs to help out in the afterlife: a warrior, a farmer, an entertainer maybe. It made me think about what I would take to the afterlife and immediately dancers appeared and I began working in clay to produce these figures. The one figure standing still is the proud and elegant Elizabeth ready to step forward and dance. To me they represent the joy in life.