1993 - stone: Portuguese pink marble
'Torso', the luscious female form by Linda Ogden, emerges from the marble in a manner reminiscent of Michelangelo’s 'Slaves'. An edge of the pink marble is left unpolished and block-like before the marks of the artist’s carving tools lead rhythmically into the smooth contours of the body. The torso itself appears like a Roman statue that has survived through the years, and captures a feeling of motion as it raises one leg as if walking. The pink of the marble is lighter at the base, where the artist says she began carving, and gradually becomes deeper in hue as it moves upwards. The gray veining found in the marble serves to enhance the form, making it seem almost alive. The block of green marble that sits under the torso elevates it, and complements its color. Ogden was studying sculpture in Italy, when she found the beautiful column of pink Portuguese marble. As soon as she laid eyes on it, the form came into her mind, and she set to work creating a figure that felt natural, soft, and an extension of her exploration of herself.