Stone From Delphi, Boston
by Wendy Artin
STONE FROM DELPHI
at Gurari Collections in the South End of Boston
460 Harrison Avenue
November 1 – November 30, 2013
My latest project is the work inspired by the collection of Seamus Heaney‘s marvelous poems published in the exquisitely crafted limited edition Arion Press book, Stone From Delphi. While researching the images to use as sources for the paintings in the book, I discovered a plethora of statues that I had yet to paint. After the book was released in San Francisco in November of 2012, I continued to paint the mythological subjects from the classically themed poems of Seamus Heaney: Maenads, Actaeons, Aphrodites and Hermes.
Brilliant Roman sunshine, casting puddles of watery shadows; the smooth, chipped and stained marble of Antiquity; years of painting statues as models and models as statues: these are the ingredients from which the Stone From Delphi watercolor paintings were made. Rather than try to illustrate the flow of images, sounds and senses that burst from Seamus Heaney‘s poems, I sought to accompany them, to make watercolor paintings of the mythological characters and places that are fresh, powerful and essential. These small fine paintings are of light washing over the marble surface of Antique statues, as the dilute watercolor tints the surface of the white paper in the shape of the shadows. The mythological characters are delicate and elegant, even as the beautiful dancer brandishes the sword to plunge into Orpheus. This project has allowed me to revisit many of my favorite models, statues of Antiquity, and to discover many more.
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