I had planned to use my day off this coming Sunday to photograph this recently completed collaboration, but it is supposed to snow, and I got home from work early enough to catch the late afternoon light, so here you are.
The inspiration for this carving came while waiting for Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck to come onstage at Mass MoCA. I was reviewing our idea of reinterpreting traditional woodcarving forms with mosaics, and wondering where to go next after the ball and claw foot chair leg and into the minds eye came the volute that ends the neck of a violin, or in our concert enviornment, a contra bass. Voila!
The piece of cherry was left from the rough-out of the Leg to Stand On. Louise and I worked together cutting and fitting the glass, and she glued and grouted it.
Am I allowed to gloat just a little, and say that this piece really tickles me?
I recieved an interesting response to this piece from my internet penpal, the Woodcarver/Ice Sculptor Con Selski who lives way North on the White Sea in Archangel, Russia. Here's the copy and paste:
...."the Cherry Volute is a brilliant woodwork added with a good-tasted decoration. It remembers me not only violin music but ancient Viking ships as well. Viking trade and wars tightly connected with the region we live and high narrow ship's bow with dragon head at the end symbolizes for me a sense of the Northern seas. Blue glass of Louise's mosaics forces the marine impression."