Monday, 31 October 2011

War Shield with Broken Arrows

War Shield with broken arrows : Gallery installation.
Materials : birch branches,earth,feathers and fabric (diameter 6ft).

It was later ceremonially burnt at a Samhain (Hallowe'en) party in my friend Morelle's garden.

The intention was to create ending (death) and transformation for the artwork at this turning point
in the seasonal cycle.

The arrows survived!

Materials : sycamore wood,leather,gull feathers and glitter paint.

Happy Hallowe'en!

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Bowl Reflects the Universe

The Bowl Reflects the Universe (1997) : birch twigs,wood pulp,bark shavings and gold foil.
Dimensions : 90cm wide x 60cm high.

This sculpture began life as a pile of prunings from a birch tree in my garden and a Bengali proverb,
"the pot shows the universe".


Monday, 10 October 2011

Nike and Kapoor

White Sand,Red Millet,Many Flowers : mixed media and pigment.

Work by internationally acclaimed artist Anish Kapoor at Edinburgh College of Art.
 Edinburgh International Festival, August 2011.

Untitled : Wax,oil based paint and steel : Anish Kapoor,2010.

As this huge sculpture very slowly rotates the metal blade peels off a minute amount of wax creating an interesting  textured surface.A plaster cast of the Winged Victory is  beautifully displayed in an archway. On the walls behind and on the upper floor are casts of the frieze from the Partheon.
The college owns a large collection of casts,most dating from the late 18th and early 19th centuries,and are significant in that they are casts of the original works.Casts found in most collections are casts made from casts,rather than from originals.

Nike,Winged Victory of Samothrace.

The original sculpture,now in the Louvre in Paris,was discovered in 1863 in a field on the island of Samothrace.It is considered to be one of the great masterpieces of the Greco-Roman era. Created around 200 BC,it was carved in flawless white marble from the island of Paros in the Aegean.The quarries were in use from the 6th century BC onwards.

A lone flute player plays in a deserted corridor. I know little of this work other than that it is a side panel on a block,the front of which displays a relief depicting Aphrodite rising from the sea.

Aphrodite of Milos,better known as Venus de Milo welcomes visitors in the entrance hall.

The original marble sculpture of the goddess of love and beauty was found on the island of Milos in
1820 and dates from around 100-130 BC ,it is currently on display in the Louvre, Paris.

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