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Diva 1 Diva 1 Diva 1

Diva 1

Item Code: SB-diva1-s
Medium
Driftwood
Date of Work
2015
Signed
Signed
Height (cm)
49.5
Width (cm)
10.5
Base price $894
Includes free standard framing and uk delivery
Over time, a tray marked ‘Limbs’ for potential human figures housed 3 distinctive pieces of driftwood. To me, they showed costume, drama, and theatrical expression. Another tray of curious shapes, materials, tricksters, demanded imaginative interpretation beyond my usual remit.

It was the finding of ‘Diva 1’’s exquisite, burnt plastic head amidst the degrading ruins of a beach-fire that sparked an idea for the ‘Opera Singers’ series. I couldn’t believe her beauty, posture, power. I imagined La Scala. Pinned back in my seat as Maria Callas triumphed yet again. The exceptional markings: eye, mouth, hair. Now I was at Pompeii, discovering part of a 2,000-year-old statuette once owned by Pliny the Elder. Her swirling skirts accentuate these feelings, and the faded blue block on which she performs gives appropriate presentation.

Three items of salvage. Sometimes I pinch myself.
Sid Burnard portraitSid Burnard was born in Brighton in 1948. Introduced to the art of beachcombing by his Romany grandmother, Sid learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. His time at Bristol Guild of Applied Arts gave him a profound understanding of visual arts and crafts and allowed him to put his personal vision into practice.

He is now based in Borth near Aberystwyth in Wales, where the flotsam and jetsam from the nearby sea is his only source of materials. Working with found objects, nothing is changed - simply introduced to one another. His driftwood pieces, usually birds, boats or mythical beasts, are full of his passion, integrity and wonderful humour.
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