Thankfully everything is feeling extremely calm right now - it’s the calm before the storm, I guess. All of my embossings are complete (including a selection for the degree show shop) and all of my sculptures are so close to being finished also - I literally have to felt the base of each one and drill in the hanging holes and then that’s it … They’re complete.
So, I guess I’ll be doing a little more research and documentation over the next few weeks, now that I have the time to again and all that. I really need to get some pictures of my embossings on here too - although, having said that, I’m not too sure of how well they’ll photograph.
E·ly·sian - adjective
1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling Elysium.
2. Blissful; delightful.
1570–80; Elysi(um) + -an
E·ly·si·um - noun
1. Also called Elysian Fields. Classical Mythology . the abode of the blessed after death.
2. Any similarly conceived abode or state of the dead.
3. Any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise.
4. An area in the northern hemisphere of Mars, appearing as a light region when viewed telescopically from the earth.
The shine of gold, its indestructible nature, its malleability and its relative scarcity made it an ideal material to embody divine qualities, but also expressions of human veneration of the divine. Gold was perceived as an appropriate material with which to address the gods (Elbern 1988). Temples, sanctuaries and churches were decorated lavishly with golden or gilded statues and images. Liturgical equipment was made out of gold (La Niece 2009). The gods of Germanic myths lived, according to the Völuspa, in a hall covered in gold, and played with golden board games (Pálsson 1996, stanzas 60 and 61).
The Symbolic Nature of Gold in Magical and Religious Contexts -
Charlotte Behr (University of Roehampton)
After a tutorial with Rachel the other day it became clear that I had to find a way to bring my work back to life again! I love the concept and the overall appearance … I had just lost the love I had once felt for my work, and I think that was down to the sudden lack of creativity that went into creating the pieces themselves.