After drawing the hand on the top of the box, I started sculpting the relief. As I worked on the fingers, I started realizing that they were just too flat and needed more movement.
By the time I was finished with the hand, I knew it was too flat. Off it came and I tried it again. It was becoming more and more clear that this sculpture was not going to 'go gently.' But I wasn't about to admit to myself that it might be one of those pieces that would be difficult each and every step of the way.
My name is F.E. Young. The initials are in no way an attempt to desguise the fact that I am female. In fact, I'm happy and proud to be female...it suits me. My problem is with my name. In 1951 my mother named me Frances. This was timed perfectly for my eighth year to coincide with appearence of 'Frances the Talking Mule' movies on television. I became "Francie" just in time for the Gidget movies. For those of you who remember - Gidget's name was Francie. I suddenly found myself called "Fidget." But as an artist I signed F.E. Young. the initials spelled Fey, my grandmother's name and it stuck.