Kelsey Driscoll SBU
This section my collection of galleries is called "Culprits." I wanted to take the point of view that each one of these sculptures, mostly animals, are being questioned for a crime or are evidence to a crime. This actually helped me look at these sculptures more in depth, since I typically do not veer towards any type of sculpture.
The paragraphs below are personal descriptions and emotions of certain art works. If there is any type of description directed toward a work of art, it will also be located underneath the work. -----
Elephant, found guilty of murder. Made of porcelain, this sculpture in the round has been painted with mostly reds and blues in its mouth and on its back where a howda would be placed on a live elephant.
Lioness, found guilty of adultery. This Lioness, in the round, is simply porcelain, portraying sadness, regret, and confusion.
Taking a Lesson from the Past- Polar Bear. Polar Bear, found guilty of First Degree Murder on more than one account, and not taking a lesson from his past of murdering humans. I could not find what this sculpture was made out of, but when I zoomed in on it, it appeared as though it was all melted waxed. I also tried to google him, but I couldn't find anything on it. If he is made of wax, this sculpture in the round would clearly portray "truth to materials." It is very unique and inspiring. I was happy to come across this art piece and add it to my collection. "Taking a Lesson from the Past- Polar Bear," may be my favorite art work in this gallery.
Incense Burner in Shape of a Peacock. Peacock, found guilty for use of smoking an illegal drug: *********. Being from the Middle East, where in some areas ********* is legal, he claimed he did not know of the American laws prohibiting it. Although this is not a professional term, nor am I a professional art critic, I think this peacock is pretty cool. :) I enjoy burning incense from time to time and have a few burners myself, but the fact that it was made in the 12th-13th century makes this sculpture even more interesting! It looks to be made out of some sort of metal and its spacing seems to deemphasize the density of the material.
Upper Part of Figurine of the Goddess Isis. Goddess Isis, found guilty of Public Nudity. The fact that this sculpture was made around 305-330 B.C.E. is remarkable. I am unsure if this is supposed to be a 360 degree sculpture or not, but it is beautiful. It is different from most human sculptures that I have seen and that is why I enjoy it so much. For me, it doesn't fit in the "norm" of human sculptures. It's old age and detailed hair seems to tell a much deeper story of humans.
Pair of Earring in Form of Pendant Lotus Flowers... AKA Duck ****. Duck, suspect of a local crime and last seen at the crime scene. These are prints of the culprit. If anyone has any further information on this Duck please contact us.
Three Ostriches. Three Ostriches, walking suspiciously out of a store minutes after a robbery.
Statuette of Daphne. Daphne, charged for fleeing a scene. Daphne after fleeing from Apollo, she asked the gods for help. She was then turned into a laurel. Punishment or freedom? Love or Love's arrow? I really admire the red of Daphne's hair/hands that are the tree limbs growing out of her after she was turned into a laurel. This may actually portray the first step of her becoming a laurel, since she is not yet covered in bark.
Giraffe Head. Giraffe, found guilty of being too cute. I love giraffes, so I automatically have to love this sculpture. I actually was able to have a wonderful experience last weekend and FEED A GIRAFFE!! They are my favorite animal. I enjoy this sculpture because it is different in a way that it is only a head instead of a whole body and head of a giraffe. I think the detail of the spots are lovely and I am curious as how the artist was able to make the spots on the Giraffe Head. It is great, since it is so old, it also has many cracks throughout it, displaying lines that you may actually see on a real giraffe!