The Virtue of Virtues, 2012
polyester, fiberglass, acrylic, stainless steel
figure in life size
The Virtue of Virtues – figure is in life size. The statue is based on a yoga posture called Gomukha Asana, or cowgirl pose – also sometimes called the female posture. It is a modified version of the gently floating figure – again resting on three points – the knee of the left leg and the little toes of both feet. The sculpture was several years in the making, and twice, by unfortunate accident (and by someone else’s fault), the work was completely destroyed in the making of the sculpture. On the third attempt to make the sculpture in clay, I began to think about realizing this sculpture in stone. Thanks to a private investor this realization finally happened (2013). The whole process of the work taught me patience and, above all, humility, which is why I eventually gave this work the title Virtue of Virtues (St. Thomas Aquinas considered humility a virtue of virtues).
polyester, steel, epoxy
180 cm x 130 cm x 142 cm
The sculpture Rusalka is inspired by the fairy from the fairy tales of the writer Karel Jaromír Erben and especially one of the most famous operas by Antonín Dvořák.
A rusalka is a water sprite (feminine entity) from Slavic mythology, usually inhabiting a lake or river. Rusalka is an opera (‘lyric fairy tale’) by Antonín Dvořák. The Czech libretto was written by the poet Jaroslav Kvapil based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová.