17-year-old Vinnie Ream got to meet with
Abraham Lincoln every day for 5 months
straight. Senators hired her to sculpt a
bust of her choosing, and she picked
Lincoln, who gave her his time each day.
She was also hired to sculpt his memorial
statue, despite a senator’s warning that
her age and sex would cause her to fail.
She was the first woman commissioned
by the US government, and her work still
stands in the Capitol Rotunda today. SourceSource 2
What interests me is the transformation, not the monument. I don’t construct ruins, but I feel ruins are moments when things show themselves. A ruin is not a catastrophe. It is the moment when things can start again.
Anselm Kiefer, (German painter and sculptor, born March 8, 1945)