Issue #8 – Body of Work

Issue #8 – Body of Work

ISSUE #8:
This week in MUSE: Body of Work, A gathering of my figural sculptures made and exhibited over the years … Mostly pictures! Eve and Girl As Mother To The Woman (posted in past issues) are two other works that fit this grouping.


CONTENTS:
Body of Work
Untitled – Bust
Ideal Patient
The Dress Bjork Should Have Worn
Anna Is Woman-Is the Earth-Is a Garden
Point d’esprit
Gloves
Match Skirt


NEWS AND NOTES:
New to MUSE this issue – Audio Archive, links to select readings and discussions.

If you missed my reading of “In the Field” at Koffee last month you can catch another reading (and discussion) on The Easy Chair podcast with Laura Hurwitz.

May’s “Chapter and Verse” event at Koffee takes place this coming Friday the 25th, at 7:30pm. STUDY is our theme.

Credits:
Cover – digital collage by Bruce Wujcik
Post photos – Bruce Wujcik

Body of Work

Body of Work

I cannot describe my creative process or the meanings of my artwork, very easily or well. This is especially true for the pieces shown in this issue. They resist analysis and explanation as they would any destructive force. I can say that anything I have ever seen felt loved heard known made touched could be present – referenced, transformed, elucidated, ridiculed, mirrored, concatenated. What else I know is that making art for me is an intuitive,

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Fine Line

Fine Line

The difference between
doing and not doing
is a fine line incised
down the center of my
being.
It starts from
the ridge of my brow
and leads
across my face
into my chest
and through my
various organs
liver,

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The Dress Bjork Should Have Worn

The Dress Bjork Should Have Worn

The Dress Bjork Should Have Worn was first exhibited May 2001 as an entry to the 7th Leonardo Challenge  sponsored by the Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven CT

“Turns of Mind”
The Prime Movements
Nature turns wheels with muscle, wind and water in dutiful simplicity. Leonardo’s mind reconstructs that movement. He collects and contrives twists and turns to compose an infinite choreography: sometimes a dull march,

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Anna Is Woman Is the Earth Is a Garden

Anna Is Woman Is the Earth Is a Garden

I was asked to write about this sculpture by a reviewer, and I did despite my reluctance to analyze my own work. Here is my statement; his notes follow.

WORD and IMAGE
The Garden of St. Anna

This sculpture is a response to the whole of the text of “Description of The Garden of St. Anna”, by Theodore Hyrtakenos. The art piece illustrates both Anna and her garden,

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Gloves

Gloves

Gloves was first exhibited May 2002 as an entry to the 8th Leonardo Challenge  sponsored by the Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven CT

“Leonardo’s Cradle”
The Ideal: The Sphere
Leonardo wrestled with philosophy. He studied the ancient Greeks who illustrated ideas with mathematics. Like Plato, he envisioned pure forms,a simple and perfect geometry beyond the surface of the imperfect world.

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Match Skirt

Match Skirt

Match Skirt was first exhibited May 1997 as an entry to the 3rd Leonardo Challenge  sponsored by the Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven CT

“Unmatched Leonardo”
Leonardo da Vinci proposed this exercise to quicken invention: Study a stain on a wall. Imagination can discover a landscape with mountains, ruins, woods, battles, figures in action, expressions, and faces. (Asburnham Codex 144.) An unrivaled student of the world as it really is,

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