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.
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.