Taking progress photographs as a sculpture evolves is not as easy as
it sounds, once engrossed in the revelation process it is not easy
to stop, take off dust mask, gloves and hat and take pictures.
Getting someone else to do it would be equally difficult and
impractical, I just spend the odd day and random spare hours
sculpting, I don't work to any program. The
easiest way is to take pictures at natural breaks [for whatever
reason]. This means that the amount of time between stages can be
somewhat erratic, nevertheless the outcome at least gives some
perspective to the discovery process.
This is the first of my sculptures that has a progress photo record.
Interestingly, on the day that I had just completed wrapping a
wire frame model of 'Love Snakes' with black electrical insulating
tape I was walking along the road in Comlekci village only to
discover that a 1.5 meter black snake was escorting me rustling
through the grass at the side of the road. Now snakes in the village
itself are not so common so it was quite a coincidence that I should
see a black snake in our village within minutes of having completed
a wire frame model of black snakes. The snake was 'dealt with' by a
local farmer and was disposed of before the thought occurred to me that it
would have been appropriate to have used the real snakes fangs in
My initial idea was to have the snakes entwined in battle, it was
only during the process of removing the unwanted marble that my
thoughts evolved towards a dominant, slightly mesmerized, aloof
snake and its smaller, more aggressive love mate. I had for some
time been toying with the idea of sculpting intertwined spirals.
The Love Snakes are now released from the marble pebble that had
imprisoned them for so many hundreds of thousands of years.
I am particularly fond of this piece, each viewing angle providing a
different aspect of the encounter between the snakes and the overall
balance of the whole piece.
AS can be seen from the photographs, the whole sculpture including the base, is formed from a single piece of marble.