Roman & Greek
Torso study. In this work I wanted to represent the male body at its prime, representing strength beauty and poise. I wanted it to embody the beauty of human body without many words, just its presence.
Gaston the model, was an Argentinian of Italian origin. I felt he was an ectomorph with a beautiful physique that represented the Greek ideal, which I was always fascinated by. In his figure I could relate to his athletic prowess. In this work, I wanted to relate to the great Greek and Italian sculptors. I wanted to try and travel in time and feel that I was working in a time gone by. It was linking me as a human being to my ancestors both physically and emotionally.
‘Venus’ Martina was a Roman teacher and a volley ball player. She was a symbol of female beauty and fertility. She had the fullness necessary to give the torso femininity without excess or less, a figure that can be seen in many paintings by William-Adolph Bougerau or of the earlier 16th century. Her torso epitomised beauty of a bygone era.
She was a lovely warm intelligent person and there was good chemistry and energy. Playing volley ball gave her a toned body which I felt would make a beautiful torso. It is always a journey getting these pieces to completion with little pitfalls on the way. I aim to pay homage to the Greek and Italian sculptors who made some of the best pieces.