Renowned woodcarver and instructor, Ian Norbury not only teaches the fundamentals of woodcarving, but also demonstrates how to accurately and realistically portray the aspects of the female face in wood. Clear, step-by-step photographs, complete with instructional captions, will guide you though an entire carving project from start to finish.
Thirty-two women artists scattered over 200,000 square miles introduce a powerhouse of three-dimensional art in Women Artists of the Great Basin. A wave of womenâs art has begun to paint the land with a giant brush, and nowhere have the winds of change been more evident than in the Great Basin, where a sense of freedom and rugged individualism has swept across the playas and through cities and towns. This book is a stunning visual rendering of a wide range of visionary women artists of all ages and backgrounds, and readers will discover their dynamic works and get to know them on a personal level. Sculptors, painters, fabric artists, glassblowers, marble and stone workers, and even a renowned Twinkie artist are represented here, all producing artwork that is jam-packed with originality. Â Fulkerson and Mantle, longtime artists and residents of the Great Basin themselves, offer a behind-the-scenes intimate glimpse into these womenâs lives and artworkâshowing not only what they create, but why they create it. Too often overlooked, the women covered here prove there is much richness, life, and creativity in what has often been dismissed as a barren desert. Their stories of overcoming great obstacles unfold right alongside images of their art. Many circle outside the conventional world of galleries, museums, and art publications and have created varied paths to their success. They are indeed true originals, rooted in a land of unique geography, a stew of cultures, and stories like no other.
This thorough reference demonstrates how to creatively and realistically portray aspects of the nude female figure in wood. Focusing on the female upper body, two step-by-step projects with complete instructional captions guide woodworkers of any ability level though an entire carving project from start to finish. Details are included for using a band saw to outline projects, roughing out basic shapes, creating a model figure in clay, and proper mounting techniques. Color photographs of models in a variety of poses accompany muscle and skeletal drawings, completing this guide to creating realistic representation of the female forms. This book will appeal both to woodcarvers and to anyone interested in fine arts sculpture.
Vinnie Ream was a small girl with a giant gift for sculpture. This story chronicles Vinnie's life from her arrival in Washington D.C. at the start of the Civil War through her apprenticeship with a famous sculptor and friendship with Abraham Lincoln. After Lincoln's assassination, Vinnie fights doubt and prejudice for the honor of sculpting the full-size statue of Lincoln that now stands in the Capitol rotunda.
When 34-year-old forensic sculptor Jessica Sanford of Portland, Oregon, completes a forensic facial reconstruction on unidentified remains found in a forest grave, she discovers that she has a shocking personal connection to the victim. Jessica is then driven to identify the victim, to confirm their relationship, and to deliver justice for her death.
Adopted as an infant, Jessica cleverly exploits connections with other adoptees and their families in her quest for the victim's identity. Once she understands her link to the victim, Jessica finds herself more immersed in this case than in anything she has done before. Those involved in the apparent homicide are still out there--and Jessica intends to find them. Her relationships, her career, and her life are at risk as she strives to reconstruct the victim's last days.
Not just about uncovering a crime and hunting the suspects, The Reconstruction is also about a young woman's search for her own identity. Though the reader knows from the outset who the victim is and who was involved with her death, Jessica does not. The reader accompanies Jessica as she applies all of her skills and all of her smarts to try to solve the mystery of a lifetime.
Readers who enjoy suspenseful mysteries, forensics procedurals, and mysteries featuring a strong female protagonist will find The Reconstruction engrossing.
Camille Claudel, an old lady confined to the Asylum for the Insane in Montdevergues, France, reviews her life. She says, âI hope my memoir will illustrate the heights of passion Rodin and I reached, and unravel the mystery of why they were transformed into vinegar and ashes.â The tragedy is not only hers, she adds, but that of many female artists who found it impossible to achieve the success of men artists of lesser ability. The book illuminates her childhood and the rise of her career in the setting of her ecstatic life with Rodin. Their ten years of bliss are followed by the disintegration of her love for him, and its evolution into hatred and psychosis. The last third of the book describes the horrors of Claudelâs life in the asylum, ending with the highly original manner in which she comes to terms psychologically with Rodin and the other important figures in her life.
This mid-career retrospective showcases Sheila Pepeâs range as an artist comfortable with both the everyday and also the extraordinary. Shoelaces, nautical ropes, bits of string. For two decades Sheila Pepe has been transforming these items into transcendent works that can fit on a lap or fill a room. Her versatility, humor, and feminist perspective are on brilliant display in this book that traces her development over the past twenty years. Essays look at how the artist plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions, and the site-specific nature of her work. Arranged both chronologically and thematically, this lushly illustrated book focuses on an artist doing important work in the fields of queer theory, craft making, and personal geography.
Although the sculpture of African American artist Alison Saar is influenced by African objects and ideas, this volume does not seek to establish direct linkages, opting instead to present dialogues. It features an extended interchange between noted Africanist and art historian Mary Nooter Roberts and Saar, and through a series of photographed images, it also establishes a visual dialogue between Saar's frequently large-scale sculptural pieces and the intimate and intricate works of the Luba peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
From Introduction: "Abastenia St. Leger Eberle is one of the lost women of American art whose sculpture is just beginning to gain the recognition which it deserves. Working in New York City in the first two decades of this century, she is best known for her small sculptures of the urban poor. She produced a body of significant work which in many ways is a sculptural counterpart of the paintings of 'The Eight', a group also known as the 'Ashcan School' because it used lowly urban scenes as subject matter. Eberle's figure of the 'Ragpicker'--a poor immigrant woman searching for rags in a trashcan--could well have been the symbol of the 'Ashcan School'. Yet her work hardly caused a ripple in contemporary New York art circles in contrast to the uproar which arose in 1908 over an exhibition of 'The Eight' because their subject matter did not conform to current standards of beauty. This lack of notoriety probably stems from the fact that sculpture does not lend itself to depicting the environment in which people like the 'Ragpicker' lived--an environment of crowded, dirty streets with pushcarts, or squalid, trash-laden yards. Viewers of the 'Ragpicker' are free to supply their own imagined surroundings for this genre sculpture. Since sculpture in this period was generally considered a secondary art to painting, it had to be monumental and grandiose in order to be considered worthy of the highest acclaim. Small-scale genre pieces with overtones of social observation such as Eberle modeled, although often regarded as ugly, were not considered important enough to excite public controversy. Yet Eberle's work of this type has an honesty, skill, and breadth of vision for which recognition is long overdue."