Over at Zoe in Wonderland, Zoe Blue has produced a wonderful maquette, her own take on Papa Legba. Zoe was once my student in all things ‘maquettery’, but has since made this particular art-form so utterly her own that she leaves me standing in her vapour-trail.
Moreover she uses her maquettes in the way I developed the studio use of mine, as compositional aids. She really got the whole idea as though born to it, and her painting has greatly benefitted from her explorations.
I LOVE this maquette! Note how the top-hat tips jauntily from image to image, and how well she depicts the flowing scarf, full of movement and energy.
Zoe writes of Papa Legba:
‘Papa Legba is sometimes an old man, sometimes a young man, almost always with a top hat and cane. He has one foot in your habitual ways (the “real world”), and one foot in fresh possibility; the border he crosses is the liminal space in which you are offered or forced to accept an alteration in your perspective in order to survive–a wormhole. No voodoo ceremony can begin without him: he is the one who allows the worlds of loa and humans to meet.’
Take a stroll over to Zoe in Wonderland to read more of what she has to say on this subject.
The School pf Clivean Maquettry, easily confused by the uninitiated with The School of Crafty Marquetry… I like this, Zoe!
Marquetry, the word spellcheck advises every time I try to write about maquettes!
thank you, marly 🙂
The maquette is glorious, and the post that goes with it on Zoe’s blog is superb, I was hooked – Zoe these amazing posts and images of yours would make a fab book!
i’m excited that you liked the post as well! he is a fascinating character, and his realm is of very special interest to me 🙂
Clive is right, you have really mastered the maquette and made it your own. They are there own medium, not just a tool, in your hands. Eager to see what comes of “Mr.Bones”.
that’s a super-generous comment, leonard, thank you 🙂 putting them together and photoing them has become a favorite process for me 🙂
oh, clive, you are too sweet for words 🙂
i’m excited you like him, he’s my first male with an eyeball, even if it is only one, haha. we had a good time photographing him, g calls him mr. bones, he seems to demand to play 😀
i don’t know what i would do without the maquettes, you’re a saint for teaching us 🙂
And he’s clearly a dancer, the way he’s working that top-hat and cane. Look at that arching spine. Fantastic!
not to mention the avian scarf…
Quite right, Leonard. That scarf is like a living thing!