The human Bust through art history has always been an object that I never really cared for even though all of them were rare artifacts and works of historical importance that I have viewed at a museum or in a art history class or in a book.
I think what really bothered me about the historical bust that emerged years after the reinaissance was the artist tradition of making a piece that could be viewed with a little bit of height but to do this they had to place the real art on a plinth and every artist tried their best to incorporate the plinth into the design of their bust. A plinth is an architectural element that it is used in buildings as decoration but at the same time as part of the structure. No matter how nicely designed on a bust it never seemed to relate or connect gracefully to a floating torso IMHO.
My personal work has been pushing toward more steel wire sculpture and recently I made a nice connection with Timothy Tew the owner of TEW Galleries in Atlanta. Timothy and I had some conversations about what I do and why I do it and how my work might fit with his other artists and gallery and it was refreshing and new for me to be challenged to explain my point of view with him. Some time had past and then he called to try my work out with 2 wire heads.
Over this year I have done many wire heads and my approach is to make them iconic and to build them as a simple and graphic cone of a neck with a simple and graphic male or female head attached. With Timothy’s request I used this opportunity to push the portrait to an area of sculpture that I didn’t really like but within that dislike I thought that it might also push myself to make something contemporary and interesting so I tried out the bust.
So I started to google the bust in history and I found out some very cool historical facts. We all know that sculpted heads from classical antiquity are sometimes displayed as busts. Did you know that these busts are often fragments from full-body statues? I had no idea. Many of the busts that survived from classical antiquity were originally created to be inserted into a pre-existing body. These pre-existing bodies were generic blanks and I would imagine that they were made from some natural fiber material that didn't survive time. This has to be the first use of stock art in history.
So I made these 2 pieces for Timothy. I am super happy to now be showing my work in his gallery along side his other artists and I am hopeful for my work to connect with Atlanta. Thank you Timothy and Jules!