The TASTE of HONEY
by Edward J. Fraughton
Size: 13 inches high
Media: Cast Bronze
What is more terrifying than a couple of mature bears engaged in mortal combat? The fight is over a nest of honey bees in a standing partially destroyed rotting stump. I enjoy very much making animal studies in sculpture, and I particularly enjoyed creating this piece. The lines of composition are intended to force the viewer to look at the event from every conceivable angle to fully appreciate its artistic dynamics.
The Taste of Honey suggests mortal combat among humans beings as well. Often, the catalist as well as the prize are insignificant, but the consequences are not. It is raw nature, tapping on the shoulder of man, tempting him to respond to instinct over reason. Perhaps this example serves as a reminder that we indeed are different from the other creatures.