Since lockdown in March, 2020, I have been drawing with color pencils and pen and ink, working on drawing pads no smaller than 6×8″ and no larger than 9×12″. Of the moment women figurines that date to 2000 BCE and earlier are my muses.
With their extra ordinary mammaries and massive hips of voluptuous strength, these women are power figures. Regardless of archaeological theories that posit they are fertility figures or symbolic tokens that a woman had been contracted out to marriage, for me they are goddesses, strong, in control and not subservient to anyone. For thousands of years, civilizations have grown up and fallen down around them and they endure.
In my drawings I distort the figure, emphasize the breasts, exaggerate the hips so that a woman of substance emerges.
From there, I sometimes channel the energy of Sonia Delaunay and Leon Bakst, both Russian emigres to Paris in the early twentieth century. Her clothes feature overall bold geometric designs in pulsating colors.
Leon Bakst’s watercolor sketches of the costumes he designed for the Ballets Russes may be peppered with spirals, squares, and ikat designs, sometimes all in one outfit, a cacaphonous symphony of form and color.
Some of my drawings: