|finished carving and printed the crown! I'm so happy with how it turned out :)|
This week also marked the beginning of spring. I feel like my mind is like a projector going from "standby mode" (winter), into "warm up" (spring), to be followed by "on" (summer), and cool down (fall).
Spring figure drawing has also started up.
|Philosophy by Albrecht Durer, 1502|
It was almost exactly a year ago that I went to VCCA and made the first giant collage Lacrimae Rerum, which paved the way for The Forest of And, And, And, Eros et Thanatos, and Spes.
A year ago, I didn't know that I'd have the opportunity to learn engraving in Colorado with the American Numismatic Association and in Massachusetts at Zea Mays with Barry Moser.
When I ask the question: "what do I want to make most," I have the beginnings of an idea. It's something much bigger than my work space, so I won't be able to see it until its installed (surprise!), and I may need some additional technical skills.
Which brings me to phase 3 redux - don't be afraid of a big project, but try to go about it the smart way. Before I jump in, I'm researching and trying to come up with a game plan to address/refine things that have come up from making the other big collages
I've been mulling over Durer research for months. One piece that I can't get over is The Triumphal Arch of Maximillian I, 1515. It's gigantic, almost 12 feet tall, and made from 192 separate blocks - Amazing! I heart Durer.
He wasn't alone on this. The architect, Jörg Kölderer designed the overall appearance and structure. Durer drew the scenes with the help of assistants, and master printer,
|Related pieces are at the Beinecke Library at Yale|
and the Morgan Library in New York
|I particularly like the Visconti-Sforza Tarot Decks.|
Other things on my mind: tarot cards, tapestries, and Byzantine icons.
Heroes Tapestry, ca. 1400–1410
Wool warp, wool wefts; 168 x 250 in.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY:https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/32.130.3b,47.101.1
|Icon with Christ, the Virgin and the twelve Great Feasts and Saints,|
The Byzantine and Christian Museum:
|memories of my student work - faux-stained glass, 2009|
Possible reasons this is on mental refrain? (A "things I like" list):
-it's a conglomeration of pieces made up of more pieces
-it has a limited color scheme which helps unify it
-there are lots of intricate patterns as well as areas of flat color for visual relief
-it has translucent layers with drawing on both sides of the material
-it shows things I like (a bird and plant, figure, unicorn, patterns)
-it became part of the architectural structure of the room
-it has both detailed elements and an overall design so that it works up close up and far away.
I haven't quite figured out how to put all these elements together, but I feel like I'm getting closer. I like the idea of building a massive multi-part architectural installation, but I feel like I need to be strategic so I can make, pack, move, and assemble (and then store) everything by myself. And there's a timeline...