Richard Kalina p.8 "What distinguishes Sonnier´s true free standing work is its exploration of stance: no small matter for sculpture. Moving off the base and into the viewer´s physical and emotional space has been a concern of advanced sculpture for most of the twentieth-century and beyond. This un-basing of sculpture is not as simple as merely removing the pedestal and setting the work on the floor. Just as the base is a historically loaded entity, the sculpture´s equivalent of painting´s frame, sculpture "in the room" has its own set of precedents and traps. Freestanding sculpture must literally balance itself, and in doing so, it tends to evoke either the architectural and the built, or living forms, animal or human. Stance is thus simultaneously metaphorical and actual."