Coasting down a hill, pigtails blown back, feet off the pedals. That feeling of childhood freedom is what I was trying to capture with “Whee!” There is something charming and sculptural about the form of a bicycle itself that adds something to a piece like this. I have a feeling that a few more such figures are in my future.
I knew that I wanted to create something different with my second bicycle piece, a challenge of Whee was to try to catch a moment of a figure in motion. My first doll with a bike, simply titled “Bicycle” was a larger turn-of-the-century attired rider atop a vintage styled bike. I’m not too sure, but I think that Whee is having just a bit more fun.