Painted Silk Scroll – Bloodmoon

December 5, 2008

I want to introduce a completely different series to you – one that has a very special theme: agates. Photographers know how diverse these gems of mother nature are and I know one at least who covers this subject in great detail and with even greater enthusiasm: Mark Graf. Check out his wonderful images on his website.

Agates are a very complex group of minerals. Their appearance differs as no other mineral I think and are therefore a never ending motif for those who love the tiny landscapes within….
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bloodmoon11“Bloodmoon”
128 x 58 cm, Silk

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One reason why agates are so magical is that they can deliver great surprises. Their real treasure cannot be seen from outside – it is hidden inside. Only when you open a geode you can see what’s inside.
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Agates were the inspiration for this silk scroll. An additional thrill was the paradox of the material, to re-create something on silk what was the contrary in reality: a stone in silk, an optical illusion, reminiscent in some way of the trompe d’oeuil paintings of the 18th century.

But this silk scroll has an additional layer and meaning. The title of this scroll is Bloodmoon which is a transcription of the female cycle. Although the image is somehow abstract it is also reminiscent of a cell, enclosed in several layers of tissue, just like the uterus of a woman. The red part is the blood which a woman is losing during menstruation.
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The scroll is painted on silk. The tiny quartz crystals you normally find in a geode are represented through tiny glass beads which have been sewn on the silk after painting. The light will therefore be reflected by these hundreds of tiny beads.

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Also I used mother-of-pearl paint on this scroll. This increases the reflection of various colours just the way an agate will show different colours depending on the light.

In the last image which is approximately the double size of reality you can see the beading

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Maybe I should mention that this is really an unusual presentation. The scroll has been exhibited various times in the US and has won several awards. I am offering it for sale now.

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