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Inspiration at the Theatre

I was at the Theatre in Vienna last week; a lovely performance, but what struck me was a moment when a member of the audience sitting in a box at the side of the theatre, face and arms illuminated front the front against a dark background,with her hands – a bit like this:

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It struck me as such a simple, elegant, universal position. When I got home, I sketched it, and found that I was really drawing the basic structures of the body; the weight and hang of the head, the cone shape of the arm:

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The two shapes – the head and the arm – taken together fascinated me, so I used my sketch as inspiration for a small model in clay –

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There’s something very elegant about those two shapes together. I think this might lead to some interesting work! I’ll keep you posted of any developments.

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