Recurve by Kim Marchesseault This model’s body was so incredibly beautiful to me from the first time I saw her because of the curves and the way she flowed. I re-sculpted her form and echoed her curves in black clay. This is one of those pieces that happened very quickly.

She modeled for a group of us a long time ago and I remember one of the artists couldn’t stand her body, made a bit of an emotional scene and refused to sculpt her. I believe if you see beauty, it shows in your work. You as the artist emphasize what is most striking to you.

I think I’m going to have to do a few more pieces based on her form because I see so many wonderful things in her.

7 Responses

  1. I think the pieces that happen the fastest are the ones that speak to us with the most clarity. Don’t you wish they could all go that well?

  2. Yes. Inspiration fuels the best work.

  3. Nice piece!
    I have a quote on my drawing table (I’ll have to look up the source) that goes: “Form is a result of a moment in life, it follows fate rather than function”. I thought you might like that.


  4. I do like that quote.

  5. Since you liked it I looked through my journal and found this:

    Excerpts from an artcle about Ettore Sottsass, ID May/June 1994 p.46:
    “The exploration of materials and techniques is a recurrent theme in Sottsass’s work… For Sottsass, materials possess an ontological resonance, evoking memories and weaving a historical thread between craft and design. … [his objects] defiantly ignore distinctions between art and design and their formal associations cross chronological and geographical barriers. They are the monuments of the private domain; they radiate a mythical aura in the living room.
    …”In Sottsass’s concept of design, form does not necessarily follow function. ‘Function is too vague an idea,’ he admits. For him, form is the result of a moment in life, a speck in the dust of history. It follows fate rather than function. It is not the mechanical application of design criteria. ‘When Charles Eames designs a chair.’ he wrote in 1954, ‘he designs a way of sitting down. In other words, he designs a function, not for a function.’ He cannot resist poking fun at serious design theory: ‘To me, doing design doesn’t mean giving form to a more or less stupid product for a more or less sophisticated industry,.’ he once wrote somewhat impatiently, ‘Design for me is a way of discussing life, sociality, politics, food and even design.'”

    Admittedly this quote is more about “design” than “art”, at least in the context in which it was published, nevertheless I’ve always liked the idea of an “ontological resonance”.


  6. Wow. I hope some day my work lives up to such a quote. This definitely applies to art. Funny, though, It also applies to a rock.

    Nice website, btw, Todd.

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