Tuesday, August 12, 2008

An Early Sneak Peak...

"Two Virgins"
5" x 5"
Acrylic on wood.

Here is one of the pieces I will have at Ad Hoc Art in October this year for the 6-Person show that I'll be a part of, "In the Language of Angels."
Ad Hoc Art. Ny. Oct 08. andrew@adhocart.org

I'm basing my pieces for that show on the 1,001 Nights. I heard the tales on audiobook a couple of months ago, and was immediately flooded with imagery and ideas for paintings! So for those of you that don't know the story, here is some background from Wikipedia:

"The main frame story concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king, Shahryar, upon discovering his former wife's infidelity has her executed and then declares all women to be unfaithful. He begins to marry a succession of virgins only to execute each one the next morning. Eventually the vizier cannot find any more virgins. Scheherazade, the vizier's daughter, offers herself as the next bride and her father reluctantly agrees. On the night of their marriage, Scheherazade tells the king a tale, but does not end it. The king is thus forced to keep her alive in order to hear the conclusion. The next night, as soon as she finishes the tale, she begins (and only begins) another. So it goes for 1,001 nights."

...until he pardons her. The most interesting thing I found was that through her stories, Scheherazade was trying to teach him love and understanding, and that women are not all deceitful like his first wife. My largest pieces will deal with the three main kinds of women in Scheherazade's stories: the loyal woman, the deceitful woman, and one woman who had to be deceptive in order to be loyal. The piece I posted above concerns two of the virgins, and the last piece will treat another main female character from the tales.

These past weeks I've been finishing up those pieces, and also sketching and coming up with final drawings for the Corey Helford show at the end of the year. I really need to spend some more time drawing for that show because there are TONS of images I have in mind to include in the pieces, so it will be tricky to weave them all together. Just need to get the last NY piece done before I can fully move on to that show.

That's all for now : )


Anonymous said...

Mia...love the imagery you spoke of. I look forward to seeing more.
Loved your piece @ Distinction!

Mia said...

thanks so much : )