a very bittersweet story that goes with this piece. I
found Maria in the portfolio
of a friend. When I inquired who this beauty was, he said she lived in my area and could
probably use a diversion at that time and maybe modeling would
help. A few months earlier, she had suffered a tragedy in her life with the
unforeseen death of a loved one.
Usually, Ill cast a face separate
from everything else, but since Marias arms were both up around her head, I thought
it would be best to just make one mold. All of my models have a different way to describe
what it feels like to be cast, but Maria was the only one who ever shook me. She told me
she felt safe inside the mold, like nothing could harm her. Almost like a
fetus in the womb. When I removed the mold from her, I forced her back into the real
world of pain and sorrow. Its eerie to look at what a peaceful expression she has
on her face here. It has a Peter Pan quality to the face and hair.