I guess everything has been said about this already so I will focus on the impact it has on me (though I suspect that has been worded before, too).
I love how you manage to get an credible impression of the female shape with so little actual material and references to what we expect rather than showing it for real, especially the chain as a braid works there fantastically for me.
I also love the separation of the face in the eyes and the mouth area, it makes you think how much we really need to recognize someone's face. I happen to know a female artist who cannot see faces at all, most of the time. She could see my face until recently, then I took my beard off and it disappeared to her altogether.
The separation of the facial panels here could also suggest something like a scar maybe, running all over her face. It makes you then wonder what a scar does to the face, being kind of alien to what we know - do we really try to get rid of it mentally when we watch someone like this? I sort of think that is what I do. And I love scars.
I can look at this for hours and babble on, I guess that is what makes good art, it inspires thought. Fantastic achievement and the place in the collection more than well deserved!
Industrial art / Dadaism....... That took some love, lost, perhaps........ It's Your rusty right hand...... That is art, normal American looking Dude...... I am seriously impressed.... You do realize, that, in the perfect state of rust, You must preserve it ? Oil based, or fixated ? Or will You let her rust ?.......... Read,.... rest......... You made this out of love. I do hope she is still alive................. But all I am doing here is guessing with a bottle of Vodka............
Anyway, congratulations on a masterpiece.
I'm a surfer myself, but I can seem to find the sea............lol............Where is my Vodka....
Thanks for checking out my Metal Maiden sculpture! I have not stopped the rusting process... it is MUCH darker brown now, and there are lines where rain water has run down. Keep creating your pen drawings - you do beautiful work!
Honestly, You don't look like an artist at all, really..... My own face, legs and one arm are full of metal plates, but I'm not a maiden.lol..... I like to erode drawings, using coffee, tea, bleach, alcohol or whatever. That takes heavy cotton paper, above 200 gr.
So, I look like a bouncer, and You look like a teacher or accountant..... I actually was a bouncer........... I seriously hate it when people are classified by appearance..... But, You should look smudged and confused......Like artists do.......... But Your ID on DA ...... Have an Iron maiden song............[link]
Please, do not consider this an assault on Your personality......It is not.
Haha - you crack me up, AngryBob! I've never had the opportunity of being a "full-time" artist... I've always had to hold my day-jobs down to feed my family. I found that a "professional" appearance has helped me land more jobs... but I can still wear my ratty studio clothes and enjoy smoking a cigar in my studio space.
I'm all about letting the art speak for itself - and not looking for personal attention. I'd rather just fade into the background while the art can be in the spotlight. I create because I HAVE to - I can't sleep if I don't create. I never quite "fit" into the stereotype of what an "artist" should look like or behave like. I choose my own path.
The face is cast iron... sculpted the face in clay (originally) made a mold and used a foundry for an Iron Pour. The armature and all the other pieces of the body are mild steel - only the face is Iron. I created the patina by letting the metals oxidize in the rain for several weeks.
I spent an entire semester on this sculpture... created the face out of oil-based clay... made a mold, and did an iron pour. Used a plasma cutter on mild steel sheets... bent them and welded them onto the armature to form the body. I bought all of the metal at a "scrap yard" so it was "found" in the scrap pile by me But I did have to purchase the materials.
Keep creating! Get your fingers into welding again