July 27, 2018

Two Drawings in Line - Art by Sarah Myers

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Abundance with a Cornucopia, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal


    Here are two drawings with classical inspiration; a figure with an overflowing cornucopia and an Athena with helmet and shield. While the minimal outlines describing them are a style we associate with modernism, it's also true that the ancient Greeks were masters of the very simple, very accurate line that brings so much life and energy to their vase-paintings, and I hope that some of that influence remains in my drawings - even though these quick sketches, made at least partly to express fugitive thoughts on even more transient social media, are very much results of the present era.


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Athena, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal

July 22, 2018

The Cranach Hat - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers
Contemporary Sculpture in terracotta

    She tilts her head gently to the side, counterbalancing the elaborate flare of her velvet hat. Around her neck cling rich Renaissance jewels; the top of her bodice is embroidered with a scrolling pattern of stylized leaves and stems; a few stray locks of hair escape from her ornate headgear, which is also beaded and jeweled. Her sidelong glance is thoughtful and bright but almost wistful.
     My most recent sculpture was inspired, as its name implies, by the paintings of a great sixteenth-century painter, Lucas Cranach the elder. His vital, energetic but opulent portrayals struck me as perfect source material for a portrait like this one, created in a vivid red-orange terracotta at about half life-scale.


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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers
Close-up


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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers
Detail 

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The Cranach Hat, Sculpture by Sarah Myers


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The Cranach Hat, detail
Sarah Myers


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The Cranach Hat, Sarah Myers

July 13, 2018

Ladies with Birds, Two Drawings - Sarah Myers

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Cherries, Sarah Myers
Minimal line-drawing in charcoal.

    Two drawings show a woman with a swallow and cherries, another lady with a dove and an orange. We might be tempted to think that the swallow was begging for fruit, but if you can see a speck in the air overhead you will understand he is actually looking to catch the little fly that is the winged thing in pursuit of the cherries. And the dove in the next picture is a friendly visitor flying into land, perhaps on the outstretched hand, perhaps on the shoulder. From my collection of line-drawings in charcoal.

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Woman with Dove and Orange, Sarah Myers
Minimal line-drawing in charcoal.

July 5, 2018

Head of a Woman - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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Head of a Woman, Sarah Myers

     Sometimes an artwork contains more than its creative or intellectual history - as in this sculpture, where a wholly unexpected event, an explosion in the kiln, left marks unintended in the original form. It still seems odd to think of so tranquil a personage flying apart while surrounded by white-hot coils three times the temperature of a baking-oven; but such was the case.
     As she now stands she is not only the outcome of creation and catastrophe but also some gentle remedying. Several days ago I placed the two largest pieces back together as best I could. Though some chips and ceramic splinters remain missing, as they had pulverized, she now appears much as she was first intended; a peaceful, heart-shaped face, the tilted head poised on a long, graceful neck. Half-classical, half modern; and now, with the fracture lines of her mishap - where no mending could conceal the warp produced by a fire of 1260 degrees celsius – perhaps a little post-modern as well.


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Head of a Woman, Sarah Myers
Front, close-up


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Head of a Woman, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in stoneware


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Head of a Woman, detail.  Sarah Myers 



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Head of a Woman, sculpture
Sarah Myers

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Head of a Woman, Sarah Myers

July 3, 2018

Bracelets - Sculpture by Sarah Myers

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Bracelets, Sarah Myers
Sculpture in pale terracotta


     She leans forward on the palms of her hands; elaborate bracelets encircle her wrists and her dress front is shaped like a great bow which is echoed by the ribbon perched atop her hair. But her gaze is full of thought, reflective, quiet, contrasting with the extravagance of her clothes and jewellery…
     I created this piece some years ago, using a pale pink terracotta that gives a life-like effect. The composition is a very stable triangle from all sides, with small, lively edges, such as the corners of the hair-bow, the flaring bodice, lines of the bracelets and the very strong direction of the gaze emerging from the three-sided structure to give the sculpture vitality and energy.


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Woman with Bracelets, Sarah Myers
Detail of face

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Bracelets, Sarah Myers
Sculpture

June 19, 2018

Woman with Jasmine Flowers - Art by Sarah Myers


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Woman with Jasmine Flowers, Sarah Myers
Charcoal, conte, paper-cut and collage


    She looks out from the storm of perfumed jasmine flowers, blooms that blow down and across her and are caught in her stillness. Her face with its intense but motionless glance is reminiscent of ancient portraits from late Rome or from Fayum, but she and the fragile blossoms are clearly from own our time.
      Cut-out, collage, 'decoupe', 'mixed media' are all names for the techniques used; a charcoal and conte portrait was sketched and then cut from brown paper and applied to a sheet of soft grey; white bristol makes her large, handsome collar and the jasmine flowers hovering around her are simple stars of white paper, fastened down lightly.


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Woman with Jasmine Flowers, detail.  Sarah Myers
Mixed media.

June 10, 2018

Line Drawings - Baroque Mantle, Lady with Feathers and Pearls

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Baroque Mantle, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal


   These drawings are simple in their use of line but somewhat ornate in the style they portray, with embroidered fabric, pearls and curling hair; the two faces – two imaginary portraits - contrast, one with open glance and one with a more tranquil but reserved downward gaze.


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Lady with Feathers and Pearls, Sarah Myers
Minimal line drawing in charcoal