Like the idea of a butterfly frozen in ice, which tells a story of flight interrupted, I tell stories with my body of moments outside of time. I could be telling your fortune gazing into a crystal ball. Perhaps I am a shamanic preistess divining from the stars. A lover smelling the subtle scent of a rose. A warrior fierce and ready for battle. I could be anything. Each movement creates a different pose, a different moment of a story which exists for seconds, minutes or hours, as the artist's hand, eye and heart interpret and capture what that movement in stillness means to them. It is a cross section of a tale laid flat on paper or canvas or scuplted into earth so that it can be apprecaited and understood by others. Throughout this process learning happens. Studies of light and shadow, and the shades between the two, take place. Angles of legs, the tilt of a head and expression are observed and noted. Visual measurements are taken by the artist. Studies of colour are done. Until we arrive at the final result of all of this understanding and work...the capturing of an ephemeral moment.
A costumed pose from a themed model session at UQAM, Montreal.