As with The
Creation of Adam & Eve, Daphne
is a work that I undertook for personal reasons. I have always been
fascinated by transformation myths because the act of sculpting is
itself an act of transformation, turning an inanimate material into
something that appears to live.
The story of Daphne is traditionally represented at the point at which Apollo's attempt at rape is frustrated by her turning into a tree, as in Bernini's beautiful sculpture. I wanted rather to concentrate on the transition itself, seeing it as a symbol of a link between the human and natural worlds.