The exaggerated figurative form of this sculpture, with its distinct gestural nuances, conveys a sense of humor and enthusiasm. Evident in ‘Dana’ is Brill’s expressive hand—“the push of his hand, the remnant impression of fingers, the shapes of his tools, the changes in pressure of his arm. Stretched, twisted, exaggerated and relaxed, [Brill’s] sculptures…fix his anatomical forms in positions that range from ungainly to graceful.” (1)
The human figure is Brill’s source of inspiration. He begins his sculptural process with quick drawings on brown craft paper—these sketches set the creative mood for Brill and his model. The drawings are then rendered in three dimensions by means of clay maquettes. These maquettes are then enlarged in either clay or plaster as Brill prepares to work in the lost-wax method of bronze casting.
- Peter S. Briggs. “Humans from Earth: Figurative Sculpture by Curt Brill” in Selected Drawings & Bronze Sculptures: Curt Brill 2005 (Galleria Musou, Tucson, AZ 2005), foreword.