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'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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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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