3 ft figure, in a reclining pose.
I decided I would save the Nautical, Amphitrite-esque adornments (starfish, seaweed, sea shells, etc.) for another, larger sculpture. The Mediterranean sea, and its life giving resources is going to be the underlying theme.
Got tired of just looking at her in an unfinished state, so I finished her. The roses were cast from a stock mold I had, the petals and mushrooms were added to the plaster in magic-sculpt. The eyelashes, the manicured eyebrows, the mole on her cheek, all give her a very young, ‘mademoiselle-esque’, Victorian feel. They were added in magic-sculpt; this time I made them even more over stated than the other sculptures. Made her lips fuller, and her cheek bones higher as well.
I call my form of art, ‘Voluptasism’. From the root word, voluptas. Very full, rounded, soft forms, aesthetically pleasing to the eye, that gives a sense of tranquility to the viewer. (This is why I shy away from rough, jagged surfaces)
EMOTIONALISM. There is some of that as well; letting your emotions flow freely without restraint, which results in a very dramatic work of art, which in my opinion personifies the Goddess Hedone (Voluptas). That is why I choose her name as a root word. Hedone (Voluptas) was born of pure good, without hate or malice in her heart. Tender, caring, and loving, her father was Eros, the god of Love, and her mother was Psyche, the deification the soul.
Beauty is the whole underlying point to my art. Granted, there are other objectives as well; 1.) exploring glbt themes as they existed in the ancient world, 2.)getting back to the roots of how & why idols, gods, and goddesses began, and their significance, 3.)Hellenic Revivalism in sculpture (or at least my attempt at it) 4.)Bringing to light ideals, the religious tolerance, and a period of enlightenment that existed in the Ancient World, with a focus on what I call ‘splinter-faithing’; a phenomenon that was happening around the time of the 3rd century BCE – 1st century CE.
But the bottom line is, and always was, beauty. Simply put, ‘its pretty’.
“Immorality cannot exist in art. Art is always sacred.” -Auguste Rodin.
Maybe what I want, is to share that Enlightenment I experienced in art college with the world at large.
Maybe what I want, is for people to rise above it all and overcome their insecurities and enjoy life.
Its over so soon…
MOSCOW—The Mashuk-Akva Term spa, a resort in Zheleznovodsk, Russia, has unveiled a $42,000 monument to the enema, reports the Associated Press. The sculpture features an 800-pound bronze syringe bulb resting on the shoulders of three Boticelli-style angels. While sculptor Svetlana Avakina said she designed the 5-foot-high monument with “irony and humor,” the spa’s director Alexander Kharchenko wants the monument to be viewed as more than just a joke: “There is no kitsch or obscenity, it is a successful work of art. An enema is almost a symbol of our region.”
The Caucasus Mountains region is known for dozens of spas where enemas with water from mineral springs are routinely administered to treat digestive and other complaints. A banner declaring “Let’s beat constipation and sloppiness with enemas” — an allusion to a line from The Twelve Chairs, a famous Soviet film comedy — is posted on one of Mashuk-AkvaTerm’s walls.