To the left is the Lintel at Chiapas.
To the right is my sculpture.
It gave me an opportunity to talk about an issue related to the war in Iraq for which I found I had deep feelings. In the Lintel, Lady Xoc is presenting her husband Shield Jaguar (the ruler) with armor with which to go into battle. I thought of the families sending body armor to their children fighting in Iraq because our government wasn't providing them with proper equipment. It was difficult for me to imagine the pain that would result from this act of preparing a loved one to go into war and the feelings that would stir in that husband or wife, son or daughter, brother or sister who received that gift.
September 15th, 2012
September 07th, 2012
If the skeleton was going to reach into the box, his body had to be in relief on the door. I suppose he could have been three dimensional and completely separate from the box, but somehow integrating the skeleton and the box was really appealing and I wanted to continue the relief that had already begun on the back of the box. The difficulty came in protecting the flower and leaf imagery while adding the bones to the surface. Sculpt a little...fix a little...sculpt a little...fix a little. Not so much fun.
September 01st, 2012