FLIGHT OF ETERNAL FORTUNE (air) Sculpture by Theresa Dapra

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Theresa Dapra

United States


Size: 36 W x 83 H x 1.8 in

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Sculpture: Fabric, Acrylic, Found Objects, Handmade Birds on Canvas, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Plastic.

The “Guardians of Apotheosis” series began as a collection of works evocative of deconstructed kimonos: an exercise in transforming their ornamental components from woven fabric into three-dimensional objects. While that theme remains consistent throughout the creative process, it evolved, piece by piece, into something much greater. In a more profound sense, these pieces are an external representation of internal entities. They were channeled into being at pivotal moments to convey a message I was previously unable to receive. Once their language was deciphered, they each revealed a key to the expansive depths of the soul.

The main effects are details found on Japanese kimonos. The mannequin acts as raw fabric that becomes embellished with these animated motifs. I hand-construct the cranes, execute the shibari rope work, attach decorated fans and silk flowers, among other accoutrements. The painted canvas alludes to waves and the flow of fabric in motion. They are conjured with careful consideration of symbolism; every detail and their placement illuminates a story ruminating below the surface.



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