This was the most successful and most challenging of all the “morphing” pieces I have done. For each part to be working as individual and separate units of material world reality and still maintaining a harmony of the whole, was unique in the repertoire.
The underlying theme is the muse, the feminine inspiration which moves the artist and the arts to greater heights.
The man is a falconneer and a sculptor in the process of carving a woman out of rock. She is diving into the pool. She also forms the hand that is part of the larger picture of the woman. Her image is echoed as a reclining figure in the mountain.
• Title: The Muse
• Subject: Inspiration
• Location: Maui, Hawaii
• Completed: 1995
• Pieces: One
• Style: Metamorphic
• Colors: Green, Pink, Grey
• Signed: Yes
• Frame: n/a
• Purchase: Giclee, Other
The Muses in Greek mythology, poetry and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.
The Muses, the personification of knowledge and the arts, especially literature, dance and music, are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne
The Muses were both the embodiments and sponsors of performed metrical speech: mousike (hence the English term “music”) was just “one of the arts of the Muses”.
Others included Science, Geography, Mathematics, Philosophy, and especially Art, Drama, and inspiration. Some authors invoke Muses when writing poetry, hymns or epic history. The invocation typically occurs at or near the beginning, and calls for help or inspiration, or simply invites the Muse to sing through the author.