Spinaria

Spinaria

Sculpture post again, since I need to be away from code and hacking for a while. More Krita stuff tomorrow.

Following both the antique tradtion of the spinario (a statue of a boy withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot which I saw a copy of in the Irish National Gallery) and female equivalents like Andrassy Kurta Janos’ Taking out the thorn, as well as the many sculptures in Khajuraho depicting a woman taking a thorn out of the sole of her foot, I tried something similar.

From spinaria (only click if not offended by nudity)

My goals here were in the first place to make something that needs to be turned round and round and round — wherever you look, the eye is drawn round the statue. Then, it’s quite a bit bigger than my usual work (and casting will be correspondingly more expensive, I’m afraid). But it’s done now, more or less to my satisfaction, so up comes the next project. It was ambitious, but gratifying, particularly when one of the colleagues at the sculpture classes exclaimed she wanted to look like this thorn lady. Presumably without the thorn in her foot, though.