I note that on the iPhone only 80% of the image can be seen. Full screen views can be seen on my Facebook artist page. You will also find lengthier thoughts about each piece there. Use the contact form below or email me with questions, comments, or requests. This work is all from 2014 - 2017, in no particular order. All are archival pigment prints on BFK Rives paper in editions of 12. The models for all were statues from the 18th to 20th centuries (well, a couple have an image from my trove of black and white negatives in there somewhere). The dates that are part of the titles are the years when they sat or stood for their likenesses in stone.
Berta Bratmann at 16, in 1886; her siblings utterly dependent, her father imagining her as an obedient child of the 1840s: "Berta Bratmann in prison, 1886, after Tilgner." She dreams of being a woman; outwardly pleasant and untroubled, it’s all she can do to keep from screaming. 2016, 27" x 18", $1000.
Carpeaux used dancers from the company of the Palais Royale as his models and I used his marble of 1868 as my models. If they lived to be very old women, they would have died sometime in the 1930s or 1940s. Dancers then were not required to be as thin as they are now, they just had to be very strong and graceful. I find the fairer to have been Mlle. Miette, a singer, and the brunette Marfa Muravyova, a ballerina. I love their ecstatic gazes. "Ecstatic dancers, 1868, after Carpeaux" 27 x 18" 2016 $1000
"Adele Deutsch Strauss at 43,1899". Third wife, and widow, of Johann Strauss; they had loved one another. Ample, powerful, she imagines herself a belly dancer (or as they said in 1899, a "bee dancer") in some exotic locale, stirred by swirling, mystic energies of the orient, aswim in a sea of joy. 26 x 39", 2016; $2,000
Anna Seyfferth of Koln, Germany, who died at age 42 in 1908. She's furious, it was not her time yet. I am reminded of a myth, long ago in Egypt, that the kind and benevolent Hathor, usually shown as having the long, curved horns of an agreeable cow, was urged to come to earth to wreak havoc on miscreants as Sekhmet; she was so enthusiastic that the gods had to intervene before she laid waste the entire world in her fury. "Anna Seyfferth as Sekhmet, 1908_ 12 x 18" $500
Death knows nothing of privilege. Comfortable, indoors on a cold, snowy day, the hothouse rose fragrant, when she sat for a casual portrait in 1928. She died in the scarlet fever epidemic that year, just shy of 19. This was how her parents wanted her remembered. This is the last image of her. "Irene Massazza at 18, 1928", edition 50; 26 x 40";$2000
Her son became a well known architect in the mid 20th century, but her life is virtually unrecorded. "The healing moon (Maria Saporiti Vender, 1884 - 1919)" archival print on BFK paper, 2017 26 x 39" (66 x 99 cm) $2000 The life size bronze statue of her which was my model is in Milan; the labyrinth in Turin; the mountains in Austria.
"Maria Gusberti Bistolfi, 1909, after Bistolfi" The wife of sculptor Leonardo Bistolfi; she's among six women he sculpted in 1909 as a funerary monument which is in Italy. The plaster model is in Buenos Aires, where I photographed it extensively in January 2017. This print measures 31 x 46 cm. or 12 x 18", edition 12, $500. She was astonished!
Ester is buried in Genoa; the ceiling in a palace in Turin. I photographed it & the marble statue of her (sculpted by Scanzi in 1885) in 2016. She was a wealthy heiress who married well but after 5 children and 14 years of marriage, died at 32. Cholera was common, or she may have died in childbirth. "Ester Piaggio of Genoa, 32, in 1883" 12 x 18" 2017 $500
Bistolfi, whose plaster I worked from here (via photographs [many] i made of gthem in Buenos Aires in January 2017, photoshop, and printing on fine French rag paper) would have been in a time and place to have seen Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon a couple of years before (that work was 1906, this 1909). Maybe he liked women more than Picasso did. 40 x 60 inches, $4000
My marble model is in Buenos Aires, the baths are Roman, near Coimbra, Portugal; Solidea Taiuti was the very image of lush sensuality, the young wife of a friend of the sculptor in the late 1930s. The lamb is a bonus. "Solidea Taiuti at the baths, 1941, after Tommasi" approx. 19 x 27" edition 12 $1000 8/27/17
She was hardly the only young woman to model for a famous sculptor and fall in love with him and become his lover. We don't know her name. She would have been born around 1870. She went on exhibit some months after Delaplanche's death at 54. His widow wanted her outdoors where she would rot in the rain; she’s indoors in Paris, where I photographed her. "Lover, after Delaplanche, 1870" 12 x 18" archival pigment print edition limited to 12 $500
Leonardo Bistolfi sculpted them in plaster in 1909 as part of a funerary monument which is in Italy; the plaster, now in Buenos Aires, was my model for these two women. One, the redhead, also appears on our right in his monument to Elena Bauer, in Genoa. She was a favorite model for him. The brunette was his wife. "Bistolfi's models, 1909" 4/24/2017 12 x 18" $500