Mosaic Odysseys Festival moving on to Athens and Mykonos
The first exhibition for the Mosaic Odysseys Festival at the Hellenic Centre in London was a great success. We had a lot of visitors and several sales.
After selling my works “The Whirlwind That Takes Me There” , “The Enchanter“,and “The Four Winds“, I decided to make new works to send to Greece.
I wanted to make 3 dimensional birds and initially thought about my gold birds that appear in my work frequently. They would be more realistic and fly on their own odyssey to Athens…(only the courier would spoil my fantasy) . However I dipped into the BOOK once again (Homer’s Odyssey in case you wondered) …and found just what I was looking for.
It’s in the beginning of the section where Circe tells Odysseus how to escape from the House of Hades. She tells him how he must avoid the sirens song, then goes on to mention the overhanging and very high rocks that the gods call the Wanderers. She says …
“Here not even a bird may pass, no, not even the timid doves that bring ambrosia to Father Jove, but the sheer rock always carries off one of them, and Father Jove has to send another to make up their number…”
I decided to make the doves so they were partly 3 dimensional but so you can still hang them on the wall. And hang them rather like Hilda Ogden’s very “tasteful flying ducks” in Coronation Street!! (Sorry, did I say tasteful? Oh yes, so I did)
I cut out my doves from plywood with only one wing and constructed the others 3 dimensionally. I have used a little of my hand gilded metal leaf glass in them.
For the bodies I used polystyrene eggs and cut them in half.
I chose these funny circle design milliefiori tiles for eyes to illustrate the exhaustion the dove feels after the journey!
A persistent small spider wanted to get in on the action!
Various glass on the inside wings.
Wings are fixed securely.
Bodies and copper wire feet are attached.
Fly my babies…
The Doves Who Bring Ambrosia to the Gods (take 1)
The tin of rice pudding is of course a joke, although I am tempted to use it in the exhibition. However there are shipping issues getting tins of food through customs as well as copyright issues using the logo. I wrote to Ambrosia, but I got no reply.
So they will bring symbolic gifts …
The Doves Who Bring Ambrosia to the Gods (take 2)
…where ambrosia is a nectar or a honey made by bees and flowers.
The Mosaic Odysseys exhibition will be at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens from September 9th to September 18th.
The final exhibition will be at the Muncipal Art Gallery of Mykonos, starting 23rd September and finishing 3rd October.
Exhibiting artists –
Greek artists :
Ioannis Touliatos, Artemis Klitsi, Eftychia Finou, Vasso Spanou, Lydia Papadopoulos, Alexandros Bassadis,
Dugald MacInnes, Nathalie Vin, Aliyahgator, Arianna Puntin, and myself.
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