"What a piece of work is woman!
In form and moving how express and admirable!
...how like an angel!
...how like a goddess!
The beauty of the world!"
I have paraphrased Shakespeare's Prince Hamlet and used license in context but I believe my version holds true in paying tribute to the wondrous miracle of human life and specifically, women.
At the foundation of my art is a gratitude to women for the gift of life and for providing nurturing love and beauty of form. Female models are used predominantly in the life studios of modern western art. Historically models have generally, at best, been looked upon as muses in a supporting role and subordinant to the artist. I view models as co-creating partners.
My exhibit is dedicated to the model goddesses of life.
Come on!, don't you think it's about time!
Two works that exemptify models as goddess and co-creator:
"Huevos Rancheros" is an early example in which the Goddess Athena
represents goddesses of all continents past and present including those of
mythology, pagan, traditional and modern religions such as Astarte, Aphrodite,
"Spark of Creation" records the process of creation. I believe the essense
of art to be the "Act of Creation" with the "finished" painting, drawing,
or sculpture to be a record or representation of the "Arting" that took
place. In the life studio, as one depicted in "Spark of Creation",
the interaction of the model and the artist has the potential to
magically turn lead into gold.