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JulieSwanSculpture's avatar

Latest Greenware 2

My latest now waiting to dry out before firing.
My references were 'what is beauty'.....and after trying to talk to many people about the subject I decided to just think about the term from a woman's perspective.
I've explored public expectation of appearance, feminine aesthetics and connected handicrafts, practicality and usefulness, imagination and flight and loss.
It's been an interesting time for reflection...but a very big subject to explore.
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Jul 7, 2014, 6:41:34 AM
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Bergholtz's avatar
You wanted to explore beauty from a womans perspective and gave her a mask. That is really interesting. Lovely piece.
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
I think you would agree that women are complex and often insecure creatures.
We are often quickly judged by our appearance and yet, we too, also tend to be ever critical of ourselves.

I wanted the mask to refer to the layers of 'truth' that we protect ourselves with.
When the mask of 'beauty' fades the shallowness of the surface then confronts and challenges our notions of beauty.
Bergholtz's avatar
Thank you so much for explaining your thoughts on this. People are complex indeed.
Eyth's avatar
Another masterwork.  I really love seeing your new posts, always impressive!   
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Thanks Edward. I hope all is going well with your work too after your last big project. Did you get a positive public response?
Eyth's avatar
Hi Julie.  Response was positive, media doesn't cover monument installations very aggressively, so it certainly wasn't a headline event.
Thanks for asking.   :)
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Some things are certainly strange in the media world. Nevertheless you must feel very proud of this achievement. It's a wonderful statement.
Eyth's avatar
Thanks so much, genuinely appreciated coming from an artist of your caliber.  Monuments don't make you famous (can you name the sculptor of the statue of liberty?) but it was pure joy sculpting like a mad man for three months straight!   :)
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Interesting point there...I'm glad about the 'pure joy' part of the experience.
MitchMitton's avatar
wow Julie the is beyond fantastic. I joined deviant to be among your kind of talent, sadly there is not enough. I love the concept, texture and workmanship and in short well done!
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
Praise indeed coming from an artist such as yourself. Your expertise and experience is mind blowing. I agree we must keep in touch and share ideas.
MitchMitton's avatar
I wish I had more time to work in clay. Do fire your own work are have someone do it for you. I have the room to add an electric kiln and power available but for now I am happy with foam with resin over. But I love you detail and want to push myself to get nearly the same in different resins.
JulieSwanSculpture's avatar
I have my own kilns Mitch but lately I like to use a friends kiln. Where I live there is a considerable bush fire risk. The only problem is his kiln is 70 klm away so the trip there, when work is at green ware stage, is risky to say the least. I have no experience with foam and resin. I suspect you are the master here so I'll look forward to seeing what 'masculine' interpretations of the feminine you come up with.
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