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.
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.