Inspiration at the Met

Very soon I will be able to share with you some photos of my current life-sized standing figure, but until then I wanted to post some images from my recent trip to the Met. My current body of work was initially inspired by a few lines from Shakespeare’s The Tempest:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;

Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,

But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

I was moved not only to bring his vivid imagery to life, but also to probe the idea of lost objects in general. This passage merges the reality of the human loss from a shipwreck with the fantastical imagined bounty of under-sea treasure. I wanted to do the same with my sculptures. I am drawn to using Classical Greek artifacts as my muses because they slip so easily into the role of a beautiful broken relic. We revere them despite their missing limbs and their naked, once painted, marble surfaces. I also love the challenge and weight of engaging with objects that have hundreds or even thousands of years of history. As I move forward with this collection, I plan to bring many of the artifacts pictured above to life in my studio. For some I will even shift the scale making them life-sized or larger.

The detail of the painting by Winslow Homer is one of the many sources I am using to bring the color palette of the sea into my studio. This summer I will begin to dye my own fabric into gradients to evoke the colors of tides. I will use them as the basis for the skins of these new pieces. Stay tuned for more soon!

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  1. Pingback: The Young Intern and The Sea | Gallery Aferro Studio Residency

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