As if bearing the ‘weight of the world on his shoulders,’ the bronze figure in Canadian artist P. Roch Smith’s arresting outdoor sculpture single handedly holds up a large red steel beam. Roch is known for his thoughtful and playful work. With this piece, the viewer is also asked to think about the meaning behind this monument to the power of memory.
“As a maker of objects, I think a lot about the artifacts and memories we acquire and carry. As we move through our lives we are in a continuing cycle of acquiring, discarding, modifying and mythologizing.” P. Roch Smith
Roch received a BFA (Honours Sculpture) from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD - 1997) and an MFA from York University (2003). A teacher as well as an artist, he has taught classes at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD and York University. He currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University. P. Roch Smith has exhibited throughout Canada and in the US. P. Roch Smith’s work is included in private, corporate and museum collections.