I have been working today. For some odd reason I felt like it, despite having to put on the kiln with this heat. Well it was hot today but there was a nice breeze. Still.
Well, I had a not completely concrete idea in my head, especially not complete about the background enamel… the shape, theme, words etc was concrete. And the thing is quite experimental and I like some things, others not so… oh well.
One of Edgar Allan Poe’s tales (The Fall of the House of Usher) has this line as head, or whatever you call it:
Son cœur est un luth suspendu,
Sitôt qu’on le touche il résonne.
Now I never had a clue who this De Béranger person was (looking today I found out he was a romantic poet or so), but I always liked the line. Means something like: “His heart is a suspended lute, as soon as it’s touched it resounds”
So I wanted to have a ghostly lute, and those words, and a textured and warm background.
Depending on the light, the lute shows more or less, because it’s enameled with opalescent pale green using grisaille technique, emphasized with a few strokes of white china paint, the words were also “written” with it. The copper is texturized so the light plays with the surface through the transparent enamels as you move the piece. I also used a spatula for the stains of taupe colors, and opalescent green on the words and earrings pieces.
The central piece is quite big, approximate sizes: central, 6×4 cm; the side ones, 3,5 x 2 cm; and the earrings 1,5 x 1 cm.