|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 01-06-2010 09:37 PM||4458 views||1 time favorited||21 comments|
When I first read the December 2009 issue of the Lumberjocks eMag my attention was immediately drawn by the Editor’s challenge: “…the LJ members should go beyond their comfort zones and current level of abilities…” Also, I got fascinated by the theme Yin Yang: the dark and the light. Where would one be without the other?
So, I decided to enter this contest by creating a special project where the shapes are actually delineated by the contrast between light and shadow only. Thus, I chose the technique of “low-relief carving” on a light colored wood. That technique depicts a three-dimension subject as its perspective drawing on a flat ground, which requires from the carver a completely different way of viewing comparing to the sculptor’s.
Accordingly, I carved a Greek mythological mask representing Poseidon – the king of the seas, on a 1 3/8 inch thick board of Brazilian “pau marfim” (Balfourodendron riedelianum) that was affixed on a mitred-jointed panel made of true Rio-rosewood (Dalbergia nigra).
Note in the photos two different mood expressions on the mask produced by just changing the direction of the lighting on it (from the left to the right side).
I started the carving on Dec. 16, 2009 and managed to get very good use of the yearend holidays, so I got its full accomplishment just today (Jan 06, 2010).
The mask dimensions: 12” high, 9” wide
The panel dimensions: 18” high, 15” wide