In the picture below you can see a flower petal and a butterfly wing. These are samples of murrini I have made. (If you don’t know, murrini is layers of glass made into a rod that can be sliced to create multiple images. Each slice is the same image. Like a Cinnamon roll.)
When I was researching the subject, I found that some of the first murrini were portraits of people (mostly political figures). The portraits were called mosaic glass and they were placed on glass beads. Since then it seams the art of murrini was lost and found over and over (like glass; the “lost art” because it has been lost and found so many times.) I am fascinated with the history of Art. This history lends some meaning to my art work today.
I started practicing murrini about a year ago. Ever since that first day, I imagined this beautiful Goddess releasing a butterfly into the air, with a graceful gesture. I decided to use the odalisque posture. The “odalisque” is a fancy Art jargon term for a women with her hands above her head. The posture has been created by MANY artists. The context it was used in was usually to emphasize women as barbaric sexual beasts. For my work the gesture represents liberation from that past and most importantly a new medium (glass) with the “odalisque” pose. (This figure here is made with Kronos 2 by Double Helix; a new medium.)
Releasing a butterfly symbolizes a new beginning. So many lost but now re-found techniques with glass are among us. It fascinates me.
The concept of creating a traditional “odalisque” releasing a butterfly celebrates the beginning of many creations to follow for me, and many others. The landscape is a beautiful day, to further emphasize the dreamy celebration.
The function of the bead , to me, is not as important as the concept and visual beauty of the piece of art.
FULL CIRCLE~ Celebrating the passion to create.