Initially, the self, unaware of its own limits, places itself at the centre of reality, fused with the outside world. Thus, in the early stages a sculpture grows by integrating elements from its surroundings, to the point of merging with the tools used to carve it and the objects found in the workshop. In these early stages the sculpture is indistinguishable from the sculptor, but is the artist able to appreciate the distinction? The two are integrated without their contours being clearly visible.