Terra is the evocation of the heart of clay: earth and the very bronze of sculpture find their portrait in the folds of Terra’s elevated form. In M.L. Snowden’s newest addition to the Ascension of Elements Suite, skeins of lava, and condensed rock form into substrates of clay, connecting the figure through its winding hair to stratas of sculpted form. The sculpture, an elevated poem to mass and structure, defies its very roots in rising upon the inspiration of mass set into motion. It is as if the very substance of bronze has become motivated by the intellect and energy of the sculptor’s touch upon it, inspiring the materials of sculpture to ascend toward the light. Terra, in contributing the most substantial mass to the Ascension of Elements Suite, ultimately depicts the transformative energies of life and spirit upon inert matter: for all its weight, its central figure rises from its organic couch to assist, magnify and embody the artist’s vision.