Look closely at these whimsical busts by sculptor and book artist Alice Simpson. She’s got a grand sense of humor but the art is seriously good. Each of these new sculptures are self portraits of the artist inspired by historical figures, history or great works of art.
The Great Wave, partially glazed stoneware, 9″ x 6″ x 5″
Inspired by the print, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, by Kastushika Hokusai
In 2007 I wrote about Simpson’s Abundant Beauty collection of clay sculpture portraits. She just keeps getting better. You can find her whole portfolio – which includes figurative clay sculptures that range from operatic characters to ballroom and tango dancers in addition to her handcrafted artist books – on her website.
Marie Antoinette, partially glazed stoneware, 11″ x 6″ x 6″
“Imagining myself, as the whim touches my imagination…from history, fantasy, art and style.” Alice Simpson
Oh, what a wonderful imagination – now I want to see Simpson make a self portrait for her Hip Hop series – figures from the New York Hip Hop scene.