I had the task to create a cover picture dealing with the topic “Models” (= in German: Modelle). Here I want to show just some of my interpretations, but it may not surprise that the final photo for the cover is of the ones I took at a sculptor’s place. The artist showed me round his workshops and gave me a lot of inspiration on the topic. A sculptor creates models of wax, clay or plaster to recreate models again from sturdy materials after their image: partial images of reality or fantasy for not (yet) existing forms, that make conceived pictures available – and model them finally. R. Winter (www.arteum.at) showed me the island of the living stones in Vienna and explained a bit of the fascinating world of sculpting.
See here my ideas around the topic “Models”:
And God said: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
And you, young objects, masterpieces of the nature my art once dared to imitate, upon whose footsteps endless pleasures drew me on, you, my lovely models, who with one breath kindled within me the fired of both love and genius, since I have surpassed you, I am indifferent to you all. Bound within this studio by a charm I cannot comprehend,. I can neither work nor tear myself away. I wander from group to group, from figure to figure. My weak uncertain chisel no longer know its guide: these vulgar works, left in their first timid sketch, for no more the hand which would once have made them live …
But a chance tone of colour in a room or a morning sky, a particular perfume that you had once loved and that brings subtle memories with it, a line from a forgotten poem that you had come across again, a cadence from a piece of music that you had ceased to play— I tell you, Dorian, that it is on things like these that our lives depend.