Persephone as Kore emerges from the underworld and brings spring with her. I will hold a mask making class in November, based on mythology.
I almost forgot to post the rest of my madár sculptures. In fact, there may be more coming as I am preparing for a workshop in the fall. I made these sculptures with a different technique, the traditional layered paper mache strips. I like the results and am already incorporating the (to me) new method into the pulped paper sculpting. It will particularly be useful for delicate detail that might be prone to breaking otherwise.
Recently I delved into abstract painting, both on paper and canvas. One of the paintings ended up in a group exhibition about healing through art. During the experimental phase of my month-long project, it occurred to me that I could take some of the ideas, motifs and interesting elements, and apply them to my sculpture. I am very excited about the first piece presented here, and hope to develop it further.
Madár is the Hungarian equivalent of ‘bird’. In the Carpathian Basin bird is seen as a powerful symbol of freedom that has inspired many wonderful pieces of art and music. Brancusi was inspired by the folk tales and the symbolic magic bird, “pasarea maiastra” when he created his wonderful sculpture of the same name and another one, Bird in Space.
I hope to create more than one “madár” in the following months. I like the biomorphic approach very much, but am also thinking about using elements of Hungarian needlework.