Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Raft of the Medusa Sails Again.
Mandy Davies' workshop had students reconstructing the composition of Gericault's Raft of the Medusa using two models to adapt the poses in the original. This was a great opportunity for students with a figurative bent to work intensively on a composition of some complexity. But the whole thing went deeper than that. For instance it meant that students have to think through the process that goes into a complex figurative image using only two models.
The show of works in the lower gallery is interesting because you can see the effect of each student drawing the models from different parts of the room, so the final poses and composition is slightly different from one work to the other. It is almost a kind reworking in 3D. A very interesting project and one we hope to repeat, perhaps for a summer workshop.