Female Derriere Marble Sculpture
“Behind the Curtain” is another in my exploration into the human nude underneath drapery – or in this case, behind drapery. This is a female nude from behind from shoulders to thighs that appears to have backed up into a white curtain.
It is a high relief style with the attention focused on the figurative side of the sculpture. The viewer’s eye is drawn to the buttocks and the clinging drapery on this side. The drapes fall in vertical folds on either side of the figure but gather between the buttocks and cling to the left hip and the right thigh.
The other side is a simple composition of a smooth, undulating surface. The viewer’s eye is drawn to the striations of the marble on this side.
I have given the entire sculpture a smooth, matte finish that is wonderful to touch and gives the stone the ability to successfully hold shadows. The choice of a monochromatic marble makes the material visually inferior to the subject, which is a purposeful and important element for my figurative sculptures.
I began work on this piece at the NWSSA’s Suttle Lake Symposium in Oregon, USA this past summer. I was demonstrating my techniques for conception and execution of a marble sculpture for the other participants.
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