Golden Lotus is going big and bronze! Here's a short clip of the first part of the enlarging process. We digitally scan the fired clay original, then have it milled in a stiff foam (similar to the insulation foam for houses). The details do not translate, so my next step is to cover the foam with oil-based clay and re-sculpt all the details, plus more can be added on this larger scale. Then she'll go through the full bronze process.
Golden Lotus, 10"x 9"x 6". Fired clay with acrylic. Private Collection: Los Angeles, CA
Golden Lotus was inspired by a pose our model went into when she was "resting and stretching" her back. Wow! I loved how her compressed posture showcased the figure in such an unusual way. In this unique position, her focus naturally rested on her own vulva.
Because the lotus flower emerges from muddy water to bloom in the sunlight, it has long been a symbol of rebirth, strength, purity and spiritual growth. "Golden lotus" has various meanings, including the achievement of complete enlightenment and also a reference to the female genitalia. The vagina was once considered an incredibly sacred thing, the gateway between heaven and Earth.
The Golden Lotus, as described by Gina M. Florio on Bustle.com, September 8, 2015 : "How lovely it must have been to constantly have your genitals compared to such a gorgeous piece of nature. The Chinese Han and Ming Dynasties especially alluded to this symbol when speaking of the heavenly vagina; the term "golden lotus" was used often in poetry and sacred Taoist texts such as Art of the Bedchamber. It was said to be the core of a woman's potent yin essence, which keeps the universe in harmonious order.
"Physically and biologically speaking, the lotus is a fragrant flower, pink and plump, that is known to beautifully blossom in spring, just when the time is right - sounds about right, doesn't it? It's also an Indian symbol of wisdom and vital energy; you may have seen pictures of it splayed across your yoga studio. Gives your practice a whole new meaning." (Read the full article by clicking here)
The coloration of this sculpture captures this "pink and plump" fragrant lotus along with the viridescent tones of the pond depths the flower emerges from. The golden glow emanating from her underside represents the wonder of the Golden Lotus as well as the wisdom that blooms from knowing, accepting and coming to love all aspects of yourself.
Adding to her intrigue, it was only after she was fired in a kiln that we realized she was able to "sit" easily and be viewed equally effectively in the three different positions pictured above.