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The latest work from my studio.
My latest now waiting to dry out before firing.

My reference was 'what is beauty'.....and after trying to talk to many people about the subject I decided to just think about the term from a woman's perspective.
I've explored public expectation of appearance from others, feminine aesthetics and connected handicrafts, practicality and usefulness, imagination and flight and loss.
It's been an interesting time for reflection...but a very big subject to explore.

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Latest Greenware 1 by JulieSwanSculpture
Latest Greenware 1
My latest now waiting to dry out before firing.
My references were 'what is beauty'.....and after trying to talk to many people about the subject I decided to just think about the term from a woman's perspective.
I've explored public expectation of appearance, feminine aesthetics and connected handicrafts, practicality and usefulness, imagination and flight and loss.
It's been an interesting time for reflection...but a very big subject to explore.
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Latest Greenware 4 by JulieSwanSculpture
Latest Greenware 4
... detail showing mask of appearance, body decoration, adornment from nature and straps to represent potential for flight or dreams.
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Latest Greenware 3 by JulieSwanSculpture
Latest Greenware 3
....back view showing the garment open and hollow shell of a body.
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Latest Greenware 2 by JulieSwanSculpture
Latest Greenware 2
My latest now waiting to dry out before firing.
My references were 'what is beauty'.....and after trying to talk to many people about the subject I decided to just think about the term from a woman's perspective.
I've explored public expectation of appearance, feminine aesthetics and connected handicrafts, practicality and usefulness, imagination and flight and loss.
It's been an interesting time for reflection...but a very big subject to explore.
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'Dido's Lament' by JulieSwanSculpture
'Dido's Lament'
'Dido's Lament' 
Julie Swan 2014
ceramic/gold/copper/iron oxide emulsion
h.50cm x w.62cm x d.26cm

This work references my appreciation of a beautiful musical performance.
In this third work I continue to explore the wonderful countertenor voice of Jeff Buckley in his interpretation of 'Dido's Lament'
The challenge has been to listen to the music and then transfer it to a three dimensional form. The descending scale repeats itself wonderfully. I have expressed this in the line of the figure. The base spirals up and out towards her lover...then releases and steps back down to form a continuing circle.

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The text, and the Purcell opera are alluding to the Roman legend of the Aeneid, the story of a Trojan Warrior Aeneas, seeking Italy in order to settle there and secure his son's lineage. Aeneas is blown off course from Sicily, and lands on the shores of Northern Africa, in Carthage, a recently settled city of former Tyrians. Their queen is Dido, with whom Aeneas has a love affair, before departing for Italy and leaving Dido alone. She becomes so distraught that she orders for a large pyre to be placed, on which she plans to impale herself, and be set ablaze so that Aeneas will see from his ship. This is perhaps the most poignant part of the legend, and ends at the culmination of Book IV.

Recitative
Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me
More I would, but Death invades me;
Death is now a welcome guest.
On thy bosom let me rest

Aria
When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
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Julie Swan
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MISNP Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey JulieSwanSculpture, do you know any sites or books where I could learn more about ceramic techniques?
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UnaleskaZohar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
The smooth flow of forms in your work is gorgeous! you are an excellent sculptor!
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aliseo85 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, Julie your works are incredible!you're such a source of inspiration!
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Arcturus-90 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your work is so amazing, congratulations and greetings! :D
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ShinigamiSaltana Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have such beautiful work! You are very good at what you do. Keep up the excellent work! <3
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wizard-ank Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Thanks for the watch, I aprecite it.
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lilman101 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, your work is breathtaking...
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you else for the devwatch !
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving !
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levitan71 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
youre wellcome :3
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bopeep2009 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
inspirational, sublime
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anaitattatiana Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You have a beautiful work!
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AZ7769 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Beautiful, and unique I like them all very much.
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Dawnsknight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible.
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daemonkarl Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I'm really impressed by your amasing work !!!
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Trace007 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These works are simply fantastic.
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SinLei Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
You do beautiful work. Such an inspiring artist. Thank you.
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MuzikBocks Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful works with all of us here on DeviantArt!
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Daily-LLama Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, . My students always tell me "it can't be done" I have your examples to show them: It can!
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JlaArtbug Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, your works are so beautiful and intricate! I can't believe I haven't come across them before!
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Anarki3000 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you need more pageviews. a sculptor of your caliber should have like 1 million by now.
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morgondotter Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
hello
very interesting work
and so well done
full of fantasie and humour
and still serious
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Intervain Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful works!
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gecko-online Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Julie, you have so wonderful new works! Great stuff.
Especially the "taken" I like very much.
Have a creative and wonderful 2013!
Cheers,
Michael
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