The goddess and the lunar hare
Faux Bone - just what the name implies, a relatively new material, related to PVA plastic, yet non toxic and high quality. It was launched on the market by Robert Dancik, and I have had it on the workbench for months! Wanting to try shaping, sanding, carving, impressing, staining... this versatile material. So here is the first attempt:
The ceramic oval on the left is my goddess/poppet. To me She is the self, the soul, the creative muse, the feminine divine. Her shape is inspired by Cycladic idols and other ancient sculpture. I wanted to see her in faux ivory of a sort. The copper acts as a structural base for the piece, the dark rich patina of the copper setting off the subtle tones in the FB. From a design sense it serves as a halo, and allows holes at hands (for attachment to a necklace) and feet ( gemstone dangle, of course!)
I was happy with how she turned out, although I am still considering giving her breasts... I turned my focus next to me second favorite of my ceramic pendants - the lunar hare. The hare is a bit of a totem animal for me, and I am greatly inspired by the many myths of the moon hare. From so many cultures, so diverse, yet illustrating a commonality...
The crescent on the right - is polymer clay. I was baking some other pieces for the Blue Hen and I made a few crescents to test. While i like the sculptural possibilities - this one is too bulky. I think Faux bone will work best here, too. Other things in progress:
Copper and nickel silver windows/ frames. Images are sandwiched under mica, tube rivets, stamped words... This was a direct inspiration from Melissa Manley - and although she wasn't the first to ever use this technique - it is only proper, and respectful to give credit. (Her work is amazing, and I am happy to have studied with her, and to call her a friend. ) The piece on the far left: "Such stuff as dreams are made on..." quoted from "The Tempest" - houses an image of Miranda from a painting by my favorite, John Williams Waterhouse.
The piece on the right is a bit different. It is carved wood, housing a collage. The collage is set in a plastic lens and resin. The front image is an Irish stamp, copper, and the word 'Journey'. The back:
It is an idea I am experimenting with - crating sculptural frames for collage/lens. My text, as always, is from 200+ year old books. It is a meditation of sorts, to thumb through the yellowing pages, eyes flitting and darting, until the right words present themselves to me. Words I would not have chosen; phrases I would not have composed...
I would love to hear your thoughts, out there in the ether. Do you have a personal talisman? A totem animal?