Still more drawings for my digital archives. I keep thinking about the model in the first one… how long did he hold that pose? I cannot crouch like that, never have, not even for a minute.
May 21, 2012 in Drawings by Marja-Leena
I think I met him and his brother at a party once
Your drawings are all very skillfully done – the forms beautiful and stable. No floating allowed in those days, eh?
Susan, that is the most amazing contortionaist I have ever seen! Thanks for the good words on my work and yes, we were very grounded
that position is very common with people without homes, chairs, tables and alike. It’s a question of learned balance with the whole body.
The feet are strong, I believe, and back muscles are in good shape.
Recently I have seen a picture of Australian aboriginial old man setting like that. But my husband, who always have had chairs and stools and all, can set in that position for a long time, people gathered around after sauna on the lake shore and telling stories about the life.
And my husband is as American as apple pie. That means I guess the Caucasian ones. I always was amused at that name on my immigration visa: Caucasian. I new the place only from maps. Now I would first think Chechenian, Georgian, Ingushetian.
We know now much more about them, right?
Marjatta, yes, that is very true and they amaze me. But it is cultural and even the children learn it. My father was able to do it too because of some parts of his work, even moving along while crouching. As a gardener, I was always told to crouch to weed in order to save my back. Now I’m told not to, because of my knees. And, I know just what you mean about ‘Caucasian’.
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