Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Franz Kafka wrote stories of people in impossible situations. His subject matter was the absurd, alienation and entrapment. His themes reflected his own situation. He has tuberculosis eighty years ago. At that time there was no cure. He was a Jew in central Europe after the end of the First World War. Two decades later, if he had lived that long, he would have been killed by his neighbors. He grew up in Prague, studied in schools that taught in the German language. Before the war, Prague was part of the German speaking Austrian Empire. After, it was the capital of Czechoslovakia. The local language was Czech. He of course, wrote in German
The two principal characters are Gregor, who wakes up one morning to find that he has changed into a dung beetle, and his sister Greta who cares for him, though less so as the dynamics between parents, the sister and Gregor evolved.
I selected the singer Madonna to model Greta. I pictured her wearing a traditional German dirndl dress.
Gregor, I made as a rather colorful if not fanciful dung beetle.
In the story, his father throws apples at Gregor, to force him back into his room. One of the apples gets stuck in his back between the shell sections, where his is unable to remove it. the family finds him so disgusting that no one would touch him, much less remove the apple.
Monday, September 17, 2007
She is running for President. She wants to get back to her old address on Pennsylvania Avenue. Good for her!
Be that as it may, this is a three dimensional political cartoon in clay.
The reference for this sculpture is the Garden of Earthly Delights by H. Bosch. Hieronymus Bosch 1450 – 1516, a resident of the Netherlands, who had a successful career as a painter of religious visions. There are three panels to this painting. The panel on the right was a depiction of hell. While many of the tortures of hell are depicted as musical instruments (husband Bill’s saxophone might fit in), I picked another figure. That is the hollow body supported by two trees growing out of two boats floating in water.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
This is a series of three sculptures, designed to hang on the wall, showing that situation.
The first is an imaginary fish eating a diver.
The last depicts a real fish, a goldfish. Of course the fish is bigger than the man. Murky colors depict the depths of the sea. At once we see the sea shells on the ocean floor and the giant wave of water on the surface about to overtake them.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Written by Franz Kafka
Paperback, 224 pagesBantam Classics Fiction - Classics February 1972 $5.95 978-0-553-21369-0 (0-553-21369-5)
Franz Kafka was born in Prague in 1883. His parents sent him to schools that taught in the German language. Consequently, he wrote his stories in that language. He was well educated, earning a law degree in 1906 and was employed in the insurance industry. He contracted tuberculosis which restricted his physical activities. After writing The Metamorphosis, he brought it to his writers club where everyone had a good laugh. Soon after he had it published.
“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. “
He lived with and supported his parents and younger sister Greta, by his employment as a traveling salesman. Since he could no longer work, the other members of the family declared, “What a calamity has befallen us!” Now they had to work and earn a living! When the “monstrous verminous bug” finally died, they realize that it is they that have metamorphed ... ... ... into productive people with better futures ahead.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Edward Hopper (1882-1967
Edward Hopper American realist of the inter-war period, once said: "The man's the work. Something doesn't come out of nothing."
He is best known for his late night diner painting, "Nighthawks."
He was intensely private, solitude and introspection were themes in his paintings.
My version of Edward Hopper's 1931 painting, Hotel Room, is a rundown seedy place. Grafiti covers the back wall. The interior walls are dirty. The bed sheets and carpet are stained. There are cracks in the walls. Not seen in Hopper's painting, there is a rat lurking behind her suitcase.
Monday, April 2, 2007
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