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what Elizabeth Berrien means when she says she starts at the nose
& finishes at the toes? Here you can track the evolution of a
single-strand, two-dimensional wire drawing, one of her most
intensively lace-like wire sculptures.
What the heck
is it??!! Hard to tell, eh? Not
a walnut... not a leaf... truly unprepossessing to look at.
Elizabeth says, "at this stage, I often experience a crisis of
confidence - have I chosen the right lines? Will it ever look complete?
Will anyone be able to tell what it's supposed to be? Should I quit and
"The individual lines hadn't added up to the total animal yet... but I
continue onward as an act of blind faith."
it's developing some form... At
this stage, it reminds the artist most of the caterpillar stage of a
tiger swallowtail butterfly. Are those some sort of stripes developing,
or is that fur texture? What does the patterning mean???
Great care must go into the choosing and placement of individual lines
- since each intersection of two lines must be lock in place as Berrien
twists and weaves the sculpture onward. There's no option to go back
and make corrections!
like a fur pattern, all right!
Now to detect and interweave all the sub-patterns of fur that make up
this animal... almost like the grain of wood, running in several
direction, merging and separating to subtly define the underlying
energy of the animal.
Why, it's a
shaggy dog... a Puli,
2-dimensional wire drawing commissioned by Puli breeder Barbara Stelz
for presentation as a feature in an AKC dog show. Since Pulis are
mainly a moving mass of dreadlocks with only the dog's nose visible,
this was an exceptionally difficult challenge for Elizabeth Berrien -
"as complicated as a tiger or a zebra, finding the lines for all those
subtle flows of fur."
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