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Meta-morphosis IX


Meta-morphosis IX (Primo)
Etching & Drypoint 76 x 56 cm.


Meta-morphosis IX (Secondo)
Etching 76 x 56 cm.


Meta-morphosis IX (Terzo)
Etching 76 x 56 cm.


Meta-morphosis IX (Terzo)
Etching & Drypoint 76 x 56 cm.

Marja-Leena | 26/07/2004 | 8 comments
themes: Meta-morphosis, Printworks


Once again, beautiful, beautiful work! I especially like this new series.

Hi Beth! Thank you again for your praise...purrrh...!

Actually this Meta-morphosis series is already an older series, done between 1994-98 :-)

I have been posting my works on the site starting from the newest and working backwards. I have been thinking for a while of putting in the dates next to the series names under Printworks in the left navigation bar, because they end up there in alphabetical order!

You mentioned early self-portraits. Would you care to share those?

"Early" means decades ago, Anna! It may be art school days since I did any self-portrait drawings, and what I've saved is buried somewhere in the dark and dusty corners of the crawl space! After several house moves, the old work has been thinned down and who knows what kind of condition they are in now. Someday I will have to look! But, I just remembered, I do have a sculpture ( a**bust ) I did of myself in my first and only sculpture class...I might take a digital photo of that sometime, though it's nothing to brag about.
** never did understand why a sculpted head is called that!?

Oh, you can tell I was a librarian.... apparently it's all about chests.

(b[u^]st), n. [F. buste, fr. It. busto; cf. LL.Busta, bustula, box, of the same origin as E. box a case;
cf., for the change of meaning, E. chest. See {Bushel}.]
1. A piece of sculpture representing the upper part of the
human figure, including the head, shoulders, and breast.

Ambition sighed: she found it vain to trust The
faithless column, and the crumbling bust. --Pope.

2. The portion of the human figure included between the head
and waist, whether in statuary or in the person; the chest
or thorax; the upper part of the trunk of the body.

Yes, librarian Anna, I knew that! In the olden days portrait busts included the shoulder & chest (above breasts!) but the name has stuck to the head & neck portraits too, which is why I questioned the term. Then we have the measurements for garments: bust, waist, hips plus so many other meanings of the word. English is a weird language!

Sorry, M-L, of course I should have known you would know the full art glossary. Please forgive my misplaced pedantry! Midnight oil...

No, no apologies please! I enjoy the conversation! The fault is mine, I don't think enough about what I write in trying to be spontaneous in the comments! I have noticed how the English are very wonderful with language and its subtleties and wit, so I feel as if I'm the pedantic one here.