Certainly the female form was sculpted with great realism back in Greek and Roman times.Also, many forms of reclining nudes have been painted throughout history. One of my favorites is the canvas titled "Odalisque" by Ingres in 1814, with the female peering over her shoulder. I also love Henri Rousseau's painting "The Dream",1914, where the nude on the couch is surrounded by animals peering out from the lush jungle.Were these my inspirations? I could not say, but certainly the images are in a little cubbyhole somewhere in my mind . Perhaps they came to the foreground as I was building up, hollowing out,or working the clay in my hands. Hmm..creation is a mystery, isn't it?
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Lady with the Red Shoes On
I was looking through my photos and came upon this one of a sculpture I created entitled "Lady with the Red Shoes On". It made me ponder that I really am attracted to the female form to draw or sculpt. I also do like a bit of humor in my artwork. Here is this naked figure reclining on a satin couch wearing nothing but her red high heels. Is she posing in front of someone? Waiting for someone? That answer must be up to the viewer. Aren't our opinions merely made up of our own experiences we bring with us when viewing something? We can each look at the same thing and have an entirely different viewpoint.That is why each piece of art seems to have its own admirer.