As people, we all have our own preference of personal space. Some are more comfortable than others when it comes to close contact with other people. There are others who prefer to have a distant proximity, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. However, there is a perspective that must be considered: how do you know if you are too close or too far away? “One Step… A Sidewalk” can be perceived in various ways, and I’ve taken my own angle on it.
The art piece is interesting in the sense that it intrigues solely by regarding it. That is its purpose. It has the ability to draw us in, closer and closer to a concluding point of a story or a feeling in which we have begun to consider. When I first looked at the steps, I noticed that they were broken or cracked. It evokes a thought: how close are we to what we want and how far away are we from actually attaining it? Either way, the road going forward or backward will be tough. So, there is a decision to be made.
Branching off of the concept of a journey, one must consider that the steps are placed in no particular order, suggesting that the step is a mere guide to what we seek. The steps are not just objects, there are guides to getting us where we want and need to be in life. One cannot reach a destination without pushing forward and one cannot fall without going backward, in moving terms.
The idea of control and power are definitely present. It is important that we take control of our lives, but in order to do so, we must know where we are. There is no possible way to continue thriving if we do not know where to thrive to or from. So, another ideal is present in the steps: taking these simple steps and being comfortable doing so can go just as far as to help us develop ourselves and discover ourselves as people. We can learn about who we are as individuals by being comfortable, either moving forward or going backward. That is the real power, the ability to overcome the obstacles that get in your way to fit your desires and goals, such as stepping over a crack in the road.
The image suggests an endless road or a road that has not even begun yet. No matter, the cracked steps illustrate the principle that we control our destiny, and most of the time, the good things will not be handed to us. Instead, we may be presented with many obstacles that we must deal with or circumvent. The possibilities in this life have no bounds, but we must be comfortable with ourselves and others to accept that. If we do that, there is no going back. Kimberly Zumpte delivers a powerful message utilizing the cracked steps from her own life and personal experiences. More of her work can be found here: