The works of sculptor John Kennedy elegantly embody this dictum of the early Modernist painter. Beginning with the human body as the point of departure, he distills personal memories, visual observations and deeply felt emotional responses into an elemental shorthand that evokes the fundamental qualities of human relationship. This, for Kennedy, is the "common denominator between us all" and the inspiration that propels his creative activity.
"The interchange between male and female in all its complexity has always interested me as an artist. As an incurable romantic, I seek to capture the warmth and tender closeness, the caring feelings as well as the joy and often the whimsical side of these very personal human emotions. This is why I use the human body as a "point of departure" simplifying the figure to a lyrical composition. A sculpture should be a visual communication, pleading, and even begging a viewer to participate, to understand, and try to appreciate the very personal relationships, and emotions I instill in my figures." -John Kennedy, sculptor