Angelica and the sea monster, 1868, after Magni
I have been unable to find out who modeled for Pietro Magni's marble sttue which I photographed in Lisbon this year, some say this depicts Angelica of Orlando Furioso, some say this is Andromeda; in both cases, being chained to a rock and menaced by a sea monster were the condition from which a hero would rescue her. Here, she's not certain it will turn out so well.
Cholera, Milan, 1902 (…but it died)
Her darling baby was caught up in the Milanese cholera epidemic of 1902: she'd even tried the medieval remedies from old wives' tales, but it died. I tend to make sad pieces in winter. 2016, intimate size of 8 x 12” , edition 12
Maria Cajani swoons into her afterlife, 1930
Maria Cajani who died in Milan in 1930. Here we see her, dismayed, collapsing into death. It does seem to me that these pieces should stagger, uncanny, at the edge of believability as photographic, figurative printmaking. 2016, 18 x 27", edition 12
Anna Seyfferth as Sekhmet, 1908
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. 12 x 18" , edition of 12 impressions, 2016
In dreaming, 1884
Anonymous model whose marble image has graced the grave of Johann Ritter von Schinke since 1884 in Vienna's central cemetery. She is lovely. She is dreaming. Edition of 25; 6 x 9"
African princess, Roman winter, 1872
Affrighted, she isn't African American, she's African, sculpted in Italy at the onset of winter, and is appalled. 2015, 18" x 12", edition 12. I photographed her outside Charleston, SC in 2015; the statue, carved of marble in Italy, had spent a century in southern California on an estate before moving to the south.
Natalie de Laborde at 15, 1789, after Pajou
Natalie de Laborde at 15, 1789 was months away from a very advantageous marriage; the world was her oyster and she knew it well. The Revolution intervened, most of her relatives were decapitated, her husband ran off to England with his mistress and had her committed to an insane asylum 8 x 12", 2016, edition 12.
Adele Deutsch Strauss at 43, 1899
Third wife, and widow, of Johann Strauss, the Waltz King; 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. A large print, 26 x 39", 2016; edition of 12 impressions.
Madness, terror, 1725
No consent was required for her portrait; the inmates of the asylum had no rights at that time. She may have been committed for some condition we'd call insanity, or simply for being contentious or rude. My model is a terracotta in Paris. Intimate scale, 8" x 12", edition of 12 impressions.
The heat and humidity have stunned her. Will she succumb to gravity or float off enraptured? The only way out is up. She's of marble, on a tomb in New Orleans that I photographed in 2015; the walls are from Mitla, Oaxaca, and the swamp trees are Brazilian. a large print, 26 x 39", edition of 12.
The precipitous summons, 1853, after Rude
The 19th century sculptor imagined a 13th century girl beset by auditory hallucinations. Overwrought and filled with nervous tension, she hears the voices that only care for her. 27" x 18", edition limimted to 12 impressions.
Berta Bratmann in her prison, 1886, after Tilgner
Berta Bratmann at 16, in 1886; her siblings utterly dependent, her father imagining her as an obedient child of the 1840s, having so dressed her for posterity. She dreams of being a woman; outwardly pleasant and untroubled, it’s all she can do to keep from screaming. 2016, 27" x 18", edition limited to 12 impressions.