This shower of ours is cavernous, almost impossible to photograph well, and is eating a lot of tile. Each of the three walls are about eight feet by four feet. It exists within the composition of the bathroom so that getting away from it to photograph it cannot be done, unless shooting through a window could be accomplished. Haven’t tried that yet.
With the size of these ladies, and my need to use what I have not not buy more, the plan for the shower is changing. For one thing, the terra cotta colored tile used in this first figure was stored outside for some time. When some of the tile is hit with a hammer to break, it does not do so cleanly. It fractures into layers. This tile doesn’t have integrity and cannot be used. Therefore, the three ladies will now be different colors, but that new reality will be fun for me. I love it when structural or material problems foster new compositional solutions. In two areas in the shower, two figures’ bodies melt into one another. So the colors will too.
At the upper right in the image above, the left arm of the lady currently in progress turns into the right arm of the lady on the next panel.
In creating the areas of hair for the figures, art history is the influence. Kouros figures are standing male youths, made by the Greeks to represent the ideal. They can be grave markers. Kouros figures show influence from when the ancient Greek world mixed and interacted with the Egyptians. Many of the Kouros figures have Egyptian looking wigs, and those wigs are the influence for my ladies here. BTW, there was a female Kore figure. They are not near as important as the male, and they are clothed. It was the men, then and for a long long time that were the symbol of perfection.
The wig on the shower figure’s head is going to be made of cat eye marbles. The orange elements seen here are spacers to hold the marbles away from the line of marbles beneath. That way, not only will the wigs have lines of rounded elements, but fairly even dark grouted lines between them.
- Progress on the Shower (leemalerich.wordpress.com)
- Practical Addition to the Outdoor Shower (leemalerich.wordpress.com)
- Detail Work (leemalerich.wordpress.com)