The preparotory ballpoint pen drawing (above), images and text (below) provide insight into the conceptual development and interpretation of the generic sculptural form, shapes and surface decoration of my ceramic sculptures posted on the blog.
The painting is by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, entitled “A Young Daughter of the Picts” painted in 1585-8, watercolour and body colour touched with gold on vellum. Yale Centre for British Art, New haven (Paul Mellon Collection). The tattooed ancestor stands for a barbarian past that is at once acknowledged and disavowed.
The text is an extract from Juliet Flemings essay entitled “The Renaissance Tattoo” published in the book Written on the Body edited by Jane Caplan (details listed in blog book list).
Magically- Arrested step.For more information refer to the text in the image.
The drawing of the nude mail is by Sydney Carter, entitled “Drawing from Life” – student work done in 1897 for a scholarship, at the Royal College of Art, London.