I have been creating a series of torso sculptures for years wherein I celebrate the graceful anatomy of the female nude, but the figures appear to be clothed in elegant long gowns that have flowing skirt hemlines.
This sculpture was created from a wedge shaped shard off-cut from a larger project. I managed to work the pose so that her hips are pushed forward, her weight born on her right leg as she haughtily glances to the right. The anatomical details are softened, but the contrapposto stance of the figure is evident. The stone would not allow for much more than a sideways flare of her skirt, and the result makes the dress appear like fish tail. This inspired the title.
It is carved from a variety of marble from Carrara, Italy called bardiglio. I have left a smooth, matte finish on the stone that feels almost like real skin and light is absorbed by the marble, allowing for dramatic shadows. This type of finish leaves the marble with a soft grey colour and sports a few filigrees of black striations on the back of the sculpture. I’ve mounted the piece on a circular base of highly polished black granite.