(Family of Three)
Mexican tulip wood
Part of the appeal of Gross's works is that they exist as
artistic fantasies. Figures are represented in positions that
would be physically impossible to duplicate in reality but are
convincing visual manifestations of the artist's imagination. This
piece is also a good example of Gross's use of interlocking forms
to achieve the effect of an upward spiral.
At least four years prior to carving this sculpture, Gross made several
preliminary drawings. Perhaps the sculptor had to wait for just the "right"
block of wood before he could translate his ideas into three dimensions.