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'Dido's Lament'

'Dido's Lament' 
Julie Swan 2014
ceramic/gold/copper/iron oxide emulsion
h.50cm x w.62cm x d.26cm

This work references my appreciation of a beautiful musical performance.
In this third work I continue to explore the wonderful countertenor voice of Jeff Buckley in his interpretation of 'Dido's Lament'
The challenge has been to listen to the music and then transfer it to a three dimensional form. The descending scale repeats itself wonderfully. I have expressed this in the line of the figure. The base spirals up and out towards her lover...then releases and steps back down to form a continuing circle.……

The text, and the Purcell opera are alluding to the Roman legend of the Aeneid, the story of a Trojan Warrior Aeneas, seeking Italy in order to settle there and secure his son's lineage. Aeneas is blown off course from Sicily, and lands on the shores of Northern Africa, in Carthage, a recently settled city of former Tyrians. Their queen is Dido, with whom Aeneas has a love affair, before departing for Italy and leaving Dido alone. She becomes so distraught that she orders for a large pyre to be placed, on which she plans to impale herself, and be set ablaze so that Aeneas will see from his ship. This is perhaps the most poignant part of the legend, and ends at the culmination of Book IV.

Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me
More I would, but Death invades me;
Death is now a welcome guest.
On thy bosom let me rest

When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Image details
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Shutter Speed
1 second
Focal Length
30 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 29, 2014, 7:58:23 PM
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gecko-online's avatar
wonderful work again, my dear!
just recently found!
stay well!
Michael  ;-)
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thank you so much Michael....this form has been the last after three previous tries. They keep on breaking in the centre...but that's ok it's a good challenge.. Are you still busy creating your beautiful forms?
gecko-online's avatar
Looks wonderful! Might be a good model for bronze!?
Challenges are always good!
I paused with sculpting a bit, since we recently moved into a new home, a logframe house from the 17th century. Very cosy, but still a lot of work! And finally I have to establish a new working infrastructure! So, it will need some more time, but the surrounding is inspiring!!
Stay well!
BRipin's avatar
Beautiful interpretation!
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thank you Barrie....I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
I had a look at your gallery and can see you are still very active and creative. Your works always challenge me to do better with my own.
BRipin's avatar
Your very sweet to say this - you've taken sculpture to a new level.  Barrie
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