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Can You See Me Now

Introduction

“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.” ~ Robert C. Gallagher

My last post of 2013, Eye of the Beholder, featured an artist who creates amazingly small sculptures then sets them inside the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. The artist turned his multiple adversities into a very lucrative business.

Kazuhiro-Nogi-AFP-Raoul Wegat Getty-ImagesEven a successful artist, writer, speaker, doctor, engineer, teacher, police officer, etc. may, at some point, change their job or career. In honor of changes (and resolutions) some people will make for 2014, this post will be a departure from my previous post. The first post of 2014 features a sculptor, but that is where the similarities end. The artist featured in this post, Ron Mueck, is known for creating large and small hyper-realistic sculptures.

2013-1230 not-humans24According to Wikipedia, early in his career, Mueck was as a “model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and film. Mueck moved on to establish his own company in London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry. Although highly detailed, these props were usually designed to be photographed from one specific angle hiding the mess of construction seen from the other side. Mueck increasingly wanted to produce realistic sculptures that looked perfect from all angles.”

2013-1230 not-humans22In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law to produce small figures. Wikipedia tells us “Mueck’s sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly  jarring visual images.” In 2002,his sculpture, Pregnant Woman (not show here) was  purchased by the National Gallery of Australia for $800,000 AUD (approximately $715,632 in US dollars).

 

The following video illustrates some of the work involved in preparing sculptures for an exhibition.

Please keep in mind the purpose of this post is not to review art, but to show how change can lead to fantastic benefits. Mueck changed careers several times before he found his calling. Similarly, what you did previously may not be what you do in the future. Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open to the possibilities.

Call to Action

If you are having trouble finding a job or making a career change, or you have advice for others who are having difficulty finding a new job/career, please leave your comments below this post.

Credits

Rosalee Kutlow Lubell for sharing picture of Ron Mueck sculptures; Ron Mueck for creating the sculptures; Wikipedia for providing information about Mueck’s career; Hauser & Wirth for providing information about Mueck’s sculptures; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the other people who made it possible for me to include the pictures, video, and text I used in this post.

Scott
Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.