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Portfolio of
 Robert Cantor 

Mill Valley, California
United States

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Anatomy of Melancholy
Contemporary Sculpture
Ecstatic Moments
Figurative Sculpture
Portraits and Busts
Psychological States
Secret Obsessions
The Human Comedy
Theme and Variation Series

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Secret Obsessions


Secret Obsessions

As we grow up, we all develop a necessary self-protective façade, a face or persona that we present to the world. But, obviously, this persona is only a part of who we are. Consider all the other darker feelings, conflicts and less desirable impulses that are contained within us but not visible to others.

“Secret Obsessions” is a series of bronze sculptures in which I play with the concepts of persona, shame, loss, and exposure. The images emerged quite spontaneously but in making these forms, I’ve then tried to capture a distorted, sometimes humorous, but always faithful depiction of human character and experience; as in a dream when someone appears strange but recognizable, usually because some essence or private obsession is exposed. There is no doubt that working with people for three decades as a clinical psychologist has influenced these images and ideas.



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