Wednesday, December 31, 2014
New Years Eve Lascivious Sculpture
Dear Art-loving friend,
In 2009 I began a tradition for this blog. With the idea of living closer to the Earth, more Natural, as it were, I decided to celebrate the coming of a new year with an NYE blog post featuring naughty art; art forms not unlike some of the art you might see in Pompeii, Italy. Many consider Pompeii to be full of erotic art, and fair enough. Those Italians thought of a male erection as a sign of prosperity and fertility, i.e., a wondrous event to celebrate and enjoy the fruits or gifts the gods have given us. Their homes often featured at the entrance a mosaic of some incredibly endowed human of the male persuasion. It was not considered obscene. It was seen as a welcoming wish for prosperity and abundance.
I suspect that most figurative artists, at least, create some erotic art at some point in their lives. I can say that safely since eroticism is quite personal and thus, the boundaries blurred for some people. I suppose anything goes with just the right audience.
In any event, I feel that I have been slacking off over the last several years in this particular genre. I had hoped to create at least one piece of intentionally erotic each year. I have a few pieces in the works, but to be honest, I am trying to make my work at bit more … hmm.. subtle is not the word, GRAND? but you will just have to wait and see for yourself.
While I was visiting the Carusi Studios of marble carving in Carrara back in November, I saw a marble sculpture outside from an unknown artist. Many artists use their studio space (the Carusi no doubt know, but I forgot to ask and today is the sharing day…) I will admit that for all of the putti or just babies in art that I have seen, these two kinda gave me the creeps. I think of them as the “lascivious babies” because seriously, have you ever seen such a passionate, sexy kiss between young ones?
So. . . um, enjoy (?) these kissing babies. Maybe even creepy romance is still better than war. And let us work to make 2015 a year of peace and love and tons of fun!
Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm,
~ Kelly Borsheim, sculptor, painter, writer, teacher