These fun and whimsical pieces allow me to experiment with colouring surface textures.
Looks like I am starting another series, but hey, we artists love variety! The new series will be about the nine muses. I will contemporarize them according to my taste, but I will keep in mind also that they need to inspire me and the audience alike in spirit. The emphasis will be on form (gowns and hairstyles that don’t aim for any historical or stylistic categorization) and surface treatment, whether texture or colour, or both. The figures will be larger than most of my sculptures, between 30 and 36 inches.
Here is Euterpe, the muse of lyric poetry, which includes music, dance and song. In ancient Greece she was usually depicted with a flute, which is the perfect instrument for me, considering my son plays the flute. I used his flute for reference at his insistence that it had
to look like his own, very realistic! Thus, I ended up including more detail than originally planned. In all my figures I will try to keep in mind that these ladies are half human, half otherworldly divine creatures, so will have to be idealized.
The purple colour sort of bewildered me at first, but I have gotten used to it, and wouldn’t have her in any other way!
This piece reflects on some of the relationship-layers in the new millennium. I look at the dynamics of the mother-daughter unit in response to societal influences. There are always new trends popping up in the evolution of ideas, and these have a say in shaping the future. However, there is a significant risk in change, due to its untested nature. Surely, a calculated risk is usually part of the equation, but it seems to me it is foolish if not dangerous to do away with the accumulated wisdom of the past to chase Utopian social constructs that defy nature, reality and logic. Failed social experiments can cause serious damage in future generations. Good intentions are not enough, we owe it to our children to make sure we lead them towards a reality-based future.
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.