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The Sculpture Park in Churt near Farnham, has a romantic charm with its meandering pathways, babbling streams and viewing areas with cosy seating for two. To add to the appeal is of course the multitude of diverse sculpture found along the trail, with many works representing love, relationships and emotion, complementing the idyllic landscape in which they have been carefully positioned

Park owner and curator, Eddie Powell, is naturally proud of his collection and particularly pleased to represent internationally recognised Mexican artist Maria Bayardo.
Maria's sculptures explore Futurism, with rhythmical physical movements characterising her work. Organic shapes meet cubist concepts to produce her unique figures. A particularly sensual artist, she is the creator of a series of works depicting women who rise up from a stormy relationship or express the sensation of freedom. These experiences and emotions are drawn from Maria’s own past and being.

Maria’s sculpture which perhaps portrays the most passion is ‘Il Bacio’ (The Kiss); a sleek work depicting a couple in embrace although not quite kissing. Maria has deliberately kept them apart to express the tension in the moment, as well as a nod towards Michelangelo’s ‘Creation’ where the fingers do not quite touch. This work is a replication of a real life experience where Maria, having endured a year of painful separation from her husband, found herself in Rome. Here she met and connected with a man with whom she soon enjoyed a romantic relationship. On returning from one evening’s walk to her dwellings, they shared an exceptionally passionate kiss, the power of which was so forceful it resided in Maria’s memory, inspiring her to sculpt this piece.  This snapshot from the moment still stirs up the sensation in Maria over again, causing her to say that there is a little of her in each sculpture.

‘Il Bacio’ is on display and for sale at The Sculpture Park. It is available in resin and bronze in a variety of sizes for indoors and out.

Sian Gray (The Sculpture Park)

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I met Maria in Toledo, Spain, at the official course of Sculptural Arts, where I was teaching Volume and Projects.

As you can see in Maria’s work, she expresses a unique kind of liberty that goes beyond what is determined and gives the human body a live-like quality.

Her affinity to the human body can be seen even if the figure is not present. She interprets the human body as a vague memory, and this gives her the freedom to create an original figure through interesting shapes each one adding elements with the finality of a wholeness. The rhythmical physical movements that characterize her work are always harmonious and credible in their totality.

Addressing the sculpture with organic shapes Maria meets cubist concepts and even elements of the ancient Palaeolithic Venus, which makes her work expose certain truthfulness.

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Jesús de la Luz Ceballos Vivas (Sculptor) Toledo, Spain, June 3, 2013

Represented by: The Sculpture Park Gallerie, Farnham, UK. Galerie Mickael Marciano, Paris Francia. Agora Gallery, New York USA. Galería Contempo Puerto Vallarta,  México. Galería Mimi Mendoza, Guadalajara, México. Galleria Mirabilis, Reggio Emilia, Italia.