Solidea Taiuti was about 24, the wife of a friend of sculptor Leone Tommasi, who rendered her in marble in the late 1930s. That statue is in the botanical garden of Buenos Aires, where I photographed her in January 2017; the baths are Roman, near Coimbra, Portugal where I photographed them in August 2017. She'd be about 100 or 105 years old by now.
About this work:It’s a calling. I make photographs of statues of women of the past to celebrate them. They felt joy, grief, fury, terror, love, just like you do. Research reveals who they were, what this moment was, what it meant to them. Most are in c
But first, here's this:
'After Boisseau, 1887: if you get through him, you'll deal with me...." 18 x 27" $500
He imagines he is the defense; this sculptural group is in Paris, outdoors. I've been unable to find out who the model was, a comfortable woman in her late 20s. I suspect there will be some small adjustments I'll make over the next several days.
Ive been reworking a couple of pieces with which I wasn't completely happy. Time will tell and has told. She was Miriam Rosa Silberer, sculptor in Vienna and Paris, in 1908 in her early 20s; she died later in a concentration camp.
Still working on the figure. "Love madness, 1854" will be a fairly large print, 26 x 39 inches (66 x 100 cm). If printed any smaller she will look like a doll.
She was a common girl, freckled from working outdoors; this is the moment when she hears that her lover has died in a duel. This later turns out to be untrue. The story is from an opera (why would a common girl have a lover, which was the stuff of aristocratic life at least for women of at least 16 or so); the sculptor of the marble, Antonio Galli, left few works definitely known to be by him. This one is in the Palazzo Reale in Milan, where I photographed her in 2016.
Ester Piaggio née Pastorino, at 32 in 1883 when she died unexpectedly; she's buried in Genoa. Daughter of a wealthy shipping insurer, married Erasmo Piaggio, son of a prominent Genoese shipping magnate, when she was 18; bore five children, one of whom lived to a ripe old age, the others perished by pairs in 1930 and 1938. She might have died of complications of childbirth, or in one of the epidemics of cholera common at the time. Only the very wealthy could afford these monuments, a bit over life size; for images of common folk, we have to look to museums and public sculpture. This is a color photograph, but she's of marble, and somewhat sooty.
"Three women, two dryads, one salamandress, after Bistolfi 1909" 60 x 40 " (1.5 x 1 meter), 2017 Archival pigment print on BFK Rives paper: not a reproduction, there is no other original than this.
They're a plaster sculpture in Buenos Aires that I photographed extensively in January 2017. A salamandress by the way is a being whose preferred habitat is flame. It's about six weeks that I've been working on this group. They're done.
The flare thing on the right was not ever going to work; this is still not finished but getting close. There are a few, few things left that need adjusting. No, I'm not going to tell!
"Three women, two dryads and a salamandress, after Bistolfi, 1909" 1 x 1.5 meters (40 x 60 inches)