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Blue Woman

Matthew De Genaro's avatar Matthew De Genaro

Blue Woman is a simple and happy, uncomplicated sculpture. An icon of Woman. The blue color symbolizing infinity, serenity, and the elements of Sky and Water. There are many sculptors who’ve worked with cut-out shapes. Calder is the one that comes to mind, and Picasso, Gonzales, Smith, Russian Constructivists, Oldenburg, a lot of Minimalists. There’s much to like, but I’d always held a reservation that cut-outs were a shortcut to sculpture, not real sculpture, and somewhat of a 2D interpretation of sculpture, like what a painter would make if asked to sculpt something. Then I saw some works by Adolph Gottlieb last Fall at the UM Art Museum. Definitely a painter, clearly derived from his painting, and something that I really enjoyed looking at. I accepted the idea that sculpture of this type is derived from drawing, and that is it’s purpose; to set itself off of the flat page into a sort of optical space that is still not fully three-dimensional. A kind of a visual image of space, not real space itself. So that’s what it is, and I decided to see if I could come up with a work for this medium. I’ve been occupied by the idea of the Venus-Woman reclining-nude over the Winter, produced a model for a carving in wood to do, which I haven’t started, and thought; can I also take this into a flat space and do it differently too? So I began with some drawings. Along the way I decided she would be laying down, in the Classical pose. And Blue, the color of infinity, the sky & water, and serenity. So I like this, and I’m planning making it out of plywood, and about the size of a large coffee-table, or couch, And painted blue, Infinity Blue. You can see more of my other artwork at these sites: Blog, recent and current work: http://www.matthewDG.com Portfolio, older work: http://www.matthewdegenaro.com

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 feet
  • Medium: wood construction, blue painted
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 4 feet