“There have been many transitions in my life, like when I decided to pursue my career as an artist. My family comes with me to the edge of these new experiences and together we look over “the cliff” and know that everything will be just fine.” -Mackenzie Thorpe
In this Mackenzie Thorpe limited edition bronze sculpture, a single figure precariously reaches for a falling heart from the top of a large mountain. The man is dressed in the typical working class attire that Thorpe illustrates in many of his artworks, inspired by the men in his industrial town of Middlesbrough. He is wearing simple clothing with his sleeves rolled up and a cap, as if he knows the reach is going to be difficult.
The man lays on the edge of the cliff, suggesting that many times in life, we are faced with an insurmountable decision. Just like coming to the edge of a mountain, what we decide in these difficult moments is entirely up to us. Does he take the plunge for the heart or does he let it fall to the ground, potentially missing out on an amazing opportunity? Thorpe reminds us, “Don’t fear the fall, it is the only way to fly”. The man appears to be reaching with all his might, trying to grab the heart before it falls entirely out of his reach.
The majority of Thorpe’s artwork expresses love and hope, however, he does not shy away from the darkness that exists in everyday life. He tries to illustrate, as authentically as possible, the realness and grittiness of our world while still providing a message of hope. Like his iconic hearts, hills and cliffs are also a recurring theme in Thorpe’s artwork. He believes that we will always encounter bumps and troubles on our journey, but we need to have hope that we will get through it. He likes to take his viewers to the edge of the cliff, to the point where they can look over and know they will be fine. Much like his decision to pursue art full time, he knew that his family might not understand, but if he gave it everything he could, bringing positivity and love along the way, he would succeed.
The sculpture stands at 56.5” high, so the viewer can look into the face of the man and think about a time when they were in a similar position. Thorpe likes to create his sculptures with a participatory factor, so the viewers can take this time to reflect on a moment when they were faced with a potentially life changing decision.
Mackenzie Thorpe is one of the biggest selling British artists of the last 30 years. His work is rooted in authenticity and embodied in emotional expression. This Mackenzie Thorpe artwork is available for sale, along with many others, at Marcus Ashley Gallery in Lake Tahoe. Marcus Ashley Gallery is one of South Lake Tahoe’s premier fine art galleries, situated in Heavenly Village’s bustling shopping district. Along with works by Mackenzie Thorpe, the gallery also exhibits 40+ of the most iconic artists of our time.
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