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Oil painint of the Anotomical Hand on Black Marble by Meddling-With-Nature Oil painint of the Anotomical Hand on Black Marble by Meddling-With-Nature
Chiro on Nero

This piece as well as its companion piece is done with oil paint on black nero marble. (redundant I know.) The process for getting oil to adhere to such a slick surface involved etching out the initial design with a carbide etching tool, after this was completed oil successfully bonded to the surface. The hands themselves are designed from several different photographs of cadavers. The result is a reasonably anatomically correct averaged composite.
WhiteFoxDK Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's the reason for the black marble? I would have thought that was an expensive canvas to use.
Meddling-With-Nature Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
There was something about the permanence of marble that I really liked for these pieces. I had just recently gotten back from Rome as well. That tended to inform the choices quite a bit. I equate marble with death as well as science. Seemed appropriate to add that element to the pieces, whether it was successful or not, who knows? But yes, a bit expensive, and it really takes a special wall to hold the damn things up! It was a very conscious decision, I ended up pouring through marble slabs for quite some time before I found the two panels that I liked for the pieces. We are lucky enough to have a marble importer here in Cincinnati that gets this stuff right off the boat! I have also been working in a lot of solid natural materials in my anatomical work, wood, stone, metals, etc. Eventually I will find the right medium for each piece and have a better rationale for it, but right now, I think I am really enjoying the connection between the biological subject matter, and the "from the earth" canvas style. But again, these connections may only be in my mind at the moment.

As an aside, I completed a heart painting on white carrara marble that looked fantastic when lit from behind. It had a lovely warm glow... sadly it did fall to the floor. My broken heart.
WhiteFoxDK Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The heart story was so sad, I would be mortified if one of my pieces were destroyed like that.

But what you said about the canvas choice is really fascinating. I never equated death to marble before, since I usually see marble as the stone of "possibility". But from biology we know that life, in all its forms, is only possible with death. So in a way your association makes sense. I don't think you need any more rationale for your choices.
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