Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

Great Lakes Rusalka

Great Lakes Rusalka

The photo above is a unique mixed media sculpture. Drawn from both my connection to home and my heritage. I sculpted the face in porcelain clay and finished it with an iron-rust patina. The driftwood body was washed up with other debris, along a Lake Michigan beach. The final assemblage was inspired by a Ukrainian Folktale Rusalka. These mythological women seen haunting lakes are reminiscent of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Little Mermaid,” yet much darker.

About Babs

I consider myself a narrative artist, fascinated by the uniqueness of our human experience. Sculpture has enabled me to capture endless stories. I’m particularly seduced by the tangible qualities of Clay. Process and product are equally irresistible to me.
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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

  1. Susan Robinson-Heaslip says:

    Barb, You are so creative! This is wonderful…it all works together so well – even without the reference – but so much more meaningful once the relationship and background are known. Susan P.S. I’ve been thinking about doing little water-based clay heads – totally imaginative – kind like what I did with you a couple of years ago. Something quick…maybe we can work in the studio together again? What do you think?

  2. Katherine R. Willson says:

    Love this piece. 🙂

  3. I love the spirit engaged in this piece!

  4. Natalie says:

    The face, to me, looks peaceful and serene…despite the mythology.

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