The story of Truth is Beauty and The Bliss Project began when I was 7-years old and my best friend was a 9-year old little girl. One day I was told, in way too much detail for a little boy, that she had been raped right outside of my house. It was incomprehensible, horrible, I never forgot, I never understood…it still haunts me. I thought…that man couldn’t have realized my friend was a person, that if he really could see her, this wouldn’t have happened.
In my 20s I discovered sculpting, and in particular, the joy of seeing and then sculpting women; of the healing energy and power that I saw when women were not afraid…when they could be present, when they could be themselves, speak their minds…and the heroism it takes to do this in the face of real danger in their daily lives. For more than 25 years I have been sculpting women. At first glance, they appear to be classical figurative nudes, but they are not. They are radically modern…revolutionary. These women are safe, present. Look at them. They have chosen their own expression, so you will see the actual woman, the person, her energy and spirit. It is my intent that these sculptures exude this healing energy and inspire us to take action; to finally say enough is enough.
- Marco Cochrane, Sculptor of The Bliss Project