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Requiem II by nimra Requiem II by nimra
“Requiem II” pencil drawing 31” x 39”

The struggle here was after I drew the smashed bulbs I liked it as it was, yet in my heart the drawing did not align with my concept. The drawing was not intended to be a “still life” but a symbolic representation of an altar piece and funeral lament. To have left it alone and just crop it wouldn’t have been enough in this particular drawing. I always set out with a goal in mind, this of course isn’t set in stone but I would have never been happy with this work if I didn’t push the envelope. Just the bulbs would have been interesting but safe, I needed to say more.

The bulbs have come to represent a spent life, they once held energy and gave us light to see by they now are swept aside and discarded like a little known ancestor. Three of course is a very strong number, representing the trinity, birth-life-death and the unity of mind-body-spirit. Not only are there three destroyed light bulbs but also in the alluded grave marker are three stone slabs. The decaying wood cross-member in its process of decomposition makes the horizontal member of a cruciform turning into an altar piece. The wire holding the wood in place unites the two images (bulbs and gravestone). Spatially my attempt is to make these objects much grander than three small bulbs and a stick but have them creating a wide landscape. These ideas don’t live within one work but are chapters in a concept that are continually being explored with in different guises.

Thanks for looking
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lookhappy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
amazing again
Mortzilla Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i saw this and i loved it so much you are great
Dyson247 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
pure awesome
TigerMoon62 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
An excellent piece. Thanks for the description as well. It is great to look at a piece like this and wonder about the symbolism yet your explanation helps provide clarity and insight. Your work is technically superior in many ways.
Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You are one of the featured artists in my latest journal including this beautiful work [link]

:heart: Elle
s-o-i-b Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
Interesting gallery, many thanks.
ammirammir Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems in your long years of experience you've been able to channel your ability and take the best out of it, and yet you seem unsatisfied.

I've been asking myself a few questions lately, what does it mean to be a precise artist? What exactly is achieved by being able to portray levels of depth, texture and shades at a level sometimes makes digital programs blush? Is anything really gained?
nimra Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
For you it seems useless, for me drawing in this manner celebrates my world and my inclusion in it, I learn from every stroke for to execute what I do I have to see beyond just glimpsing around me, I have to decipher, translate and finally to empathize and this gives me incite.

Am I unsatisfied…yup that’s not for my style of work but my nature and temperament, satisfaction… you can shoot for it, but when you find, you’ll not be it.

Precise? I’ve never been precise in my life, yet like perfection pursuit’s value is in the journey.
ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, it isn't useless to me, not in the least bit. I see, and then I observe, and then I think, and then I have to look again, and I imagine, my mind wonders, my fingers and head tingle, and I keep on looking on, and I wouldn't stop had I no time constraint. All that happens when I see a drawing done with the deepest if care, those works of art that have the essence of the artist's soul engraved in them with every stroke, and spread upon the canvas with their blending and texturing techniques. Drawings like yours.

I do see what you mean about having to decipher, translate, and empathize only after having gone far beyond what most would initially see through the vagueness of only one sense.

All journeys, sadly, must end whether they have reached their destination or not; there is, however, the beauty of not knowing when it will end. This lets us persevere.
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