Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cécile Reims ... burin and dry-point prints

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Cécile Reims ~ Metamorphoses ~ 1957-1958 

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Cécile Reims ~ Metamorphoses ~ 1957-1958 

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Ephemeral being ~ 2003

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Sacred liquor - 2003-2004 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bocio sculptures...Benin & UK... Unknown & Charlotte Rodgers

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Bocio sculpture Benin

bocio; the word means "empowered (bo) cadaver (cio)" in the Fon language of Benin.

The most common and prototypical of the bacio genre, are bla-bocio whose surfaces have been bound tightly with cord, cloth, fur, chains, vines or other wrapping materials.The tieing and knotting of cords or other materials around a bocio serve to activate its power and bind other potent additive matter to the work.

The materials chosen to bind a sculpture vary; the most frequently employed are cotton thread, twisted feathers or plant parts, and strips of animal hide.
The placement of the bondage - usually on the stomach, chest arms or head - affects the meaning of the sculpture, since each body part is considered as the seat of different emotional concerns

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Charlotte Rodgers 2013  ~  'I Did Not Die Easy'. A baited badger which I found wrapped in a black plastic bag, and thrown onto the side of a motorway bypass. Its life,spirit and death were acknowledged, and its cry was sealed with nettle cord knotted around the jaw.Nothing is disposable.

more sculptures by Charlotte Rodgers HERE & HERE

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Lucas Cranach the Elder...Freiberger Monk Calf... woodcut...c1523

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Monstra fabulosa...the "Monster of Florence"...c1506

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Myths of Hindus and Buddhists...illustrations... 1913

Book illustration from ''Myths of Hindus and Buddhists'' by Ananda K Coomearaswamy and Sister Nivedita, 1913

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Garuda by Nandalal Bose

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Dhruva by Asit Kumar Haldar
Dhruva, a young devotee of Vishnu, was blessed with eternal existence and glory as the Pole Star.

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Pururavas by Khitindra Nath Mazumdar
Pururavas was the first king of the Aila dynasty and a mythological entity associated with the sun and the dawn. 

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The asceticism of Uma by Nandalal Bose

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Kaliya Damana by Khitindra Nath Mazumdar

more HERE