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Siren Calling Odysseus to the Rocks - (Framed Ceramic Panel)


Siren Calling Odysseus to the Rocks - (Framed Ceramic Panel) Sculpture

Dick Martin

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Clay on Ceramic

Size: 17.3 W x 13.4 H x 1.6 D in

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Odysseus sails by an island where beautiful songs can be heard. The songs are irresistible to all men. When sailors go close to hear the songs they are shipwrecked on the rocks around the island. (There are Monk seals in that part of the Aegean that make a singing sound). Odysseus wants to hear the songs but not get shipwrecked. So he has himself tied to the mask and his crew put wax in their ears. Great story! Homer’s Odyssey is a wonderful story of struggle, bravery and intelligence. The legendary Greek hero Odysseus is on a ten year journey to return home from the Trojan War to his wife Penelope and the island of Ithaca. He is protected by the goddess Minerva. The Odyssey is his 10 year journey home. Typical Greek themes of human struggles and emotions. Odysseus - name means man of pain. The journey is about never giving in and becoming wise through experience. Every ceramic panel tells a fascinating story. They are inspired by Classical Greek Myths and Legends and the many traditions in Ancient Greece. I love ancient Greek vases, especially the wonderful collection in the British Museum in London. They depict fabulous stories of Gods and heroes and the incredible adventures they undertake, including Gods - Demi-gods – Muses - Nymphs - Musicians - Warriors - Acrobats - Sports and scenes from family life. The stories from Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad are a particular favourite for inspiration. Technique: White stoneware clay, slab built and twice fired between 1100 and 1200c in an electric kiln. Decorated with oxides, engobes and glazes. Drawings are made from many sources, such as the ancient Greek Vases in the British Museum. These drawings are given a modern and personal interpretation and then transferred onto lino. Natural and manufactured objects are also used to make further impressions to produce strong textures that complement the design and give the feeling that the panel could once have been part of an ancient Greek building. It is finally put into a quality black 34x44cm frame to show it to good advantage. (A white frame is available if preferred). Each panel is hand built and unique. Ready to hang. Signed on the front with my unique signature stamp. Also signed on the back. Certificate of authenticity included. Any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Sculpture:Clay on Ceramic

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:17.3 W x 13.4 H x 1.6 D in

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Sometimes I am not sure if I am a sculptor who craves to paint, or a painter who craves to sculpt. Basically I think I have the creative spirit within and I need to be in my studio working on interesting projects. My Muse and I have a great time there. In practice all my work is sculptural including my paintings which are mostly very 3D. My work is nearly always conceptual. For me it is what the work represents, the creative thinking behind the image, which is of the greatest interest. Inspiration comes from an eclectic range of sources such as old and new philosophical ideas, popular culture, science, dance, poetry, mythology and ancient sources. A large dose of humour is usually part of the mix. After studying the Philosophy of Art at university I gradually became a practitioner as well as a passionate follower of Art. I now have work all over the world which is such a wonderful buzz! Sculpture:- The sculptures are made with a direct honesty to the nature of the material. Clay is a wonderful material that can be pulled, squashed, shaped and squeezed. It takes an impression like no other material and, being a basic "earth" material, it is a joy to work with. Natural and manufactured objects are used to make impressions and produce strong textures. The work shows the way as it progresses into a finished piece. The hand becomes as important as the eye and the mind. Painting:- I’m interested in paint, not as a material to create an illusion, but rather as a substance to be experimented with and celebrated. I like to explore the way paint moves and performs on the canvas with various textural elements. This produces a variety of fascinating sculptural and textural qualities. Often I include materials such as sand, gravel, pumice, and pieces of canvas and hessian. This builds up to give a beautiful and fascinating surface that has a sculptural quality and encourages touch and sensation as well as visual awareness. Additions are collected from places I have visited around the world. The physical act of applying paint I see as an exhilarating form of ritual, a dance and a demonstration of a moment of perception in time. I like the work to have a strong visual impact and to be interesting close up as well as from a distance.

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