The Muses


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

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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!

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This is my interpretation of a beautiful and graceful Philippine folk dancer. I am happy that I was able to find these tiny candles that suit the 27 inches high sculpture. The dancers usually balance candles while dancing. This piece has offered a new challenge as well. I sculpted a dress that had to have folds and wrinkles. It wasn’t easy at all to give them life and a natural feel, but in the end I was quite satisfied with the results.

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