Tuesday, June 21, 2011
New Sculpture: The Goddess Fragment Series
This is my latest sculpture: it's almost completed, with the exception of applying English wax on the wood--that'll give a soft sheen and velvety texture to the finish. Today, I put the pedestals together, after drilling my finger just 'a little', but it's all in the name of ART! Luckily, I still have ALL ten fingers. At some point, I must get more handy with the tools. The figure is fired clay, with acrylic washes. Using spalted-maple base, I drilled through as far as I could, then configured another hole on the bottom...therefore meeting in the middle...the rod could then be inserted into the bottom piece as well. No engineer around here: only artistic brain, means this is always a big puzzle to me. However, it worked, and so far, I like the new piece. The base is finished with genuine milk paint, wiped down carefully to show the grain of the maple. Thank you, Packard Woodworks, for your generous support of my art, for wood supplies and more! In this world, there are good people who believe in us struggling artists, and make sure we have materials to work with. Bless 'em. Bless 'em.
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Looks good, love your work Bonnie, saving up my money for your next show, can't wait for your next master piece - Very Nice!!!!ReplyDelete
This is wonderful! Congratulations! I'm wondering if you could answer a question for me. I have always been curious about "torso" sculptures and someone told be the first ones included arms and heads but these were lost either because of age, vandalism, or accident. Given many modern torso sculptures are just of torsos I wonder what the real history here may have been.ReplyDelete
It might seem like a silly question, but I really don't know!
Thank you, Bill! Hmmmm....well, back in ancient times, many of the figures were complete forms. You are right: time, breakage, and other factors served to remove body parts, and this was even before Henry the Eighth got into it! (kidding) Venus de Milo originally had arms...lost somewhere, probably in the sea. Yet, don't we find the mystery so much more interesting? That of which is lost. I'm basing these 'goddess fragments' on prehistoric fragments, of what is lost, yet found...what is 'old' yet new, something ancient and 'knowing' of what IS.ReplyDelete
And that is precisely what I love about this work of yours! So beautiful and yet they seem so ancient. Thank you so very much for enlightening me on this subject. I know so little about art but am an enthusiastic student.ReplyDelete
You don't have to know a lot about art to know what you like--watch the delight of small children making art, they see art right there in many things: without all the red tape getting in the way! Since you are such a nature lover, that's a whole valuable lesson in art right there...nature has the answers! Nature IS art; art IS nature. : )ReplyDelete
It really is of a piece.ReplyDelete