"Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind." Aeschylus.
Playwright Aeschylus was the earliest Greek tragedian whose works survived. Surviving assassination himself whilst performing on stage, he was suspected of revealing one of the Eleusianian mysteries; the secret initiation rites of Demeter and Persephone. His metaphor for the pleasures of contemplating bronze statuary, explains this medium's enduring appeal through to the present day.
Many of our artists work in bronze, which itself is an alloy made of approximately 90% copper and 10% tin, ensuring a longer liquid state in the process of filling the mold. Perhaps this molten quality is somehow perceptible to the viewer in the way the warm metal emphasises the details of the artist's vision. The "...wine of the mind" is however also potable in more modern materials; shown here are pieces based on the human form in ceramic and even wireframe, a different vintage but equally as potent.
|Compact Swing front view|
|27 by 28cm. (10.8' x 11.2') |
|ceramic with slips and oxides|
|by Susan Mulley Bennett - more artworks, artist's CV|