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masters and munn revisited

Back in 2011 I wrote about Masters & Munn – partners in life and art who create fine art sculptures of full bodies, torsos and other body parts using gypsum, copper, bronze and leather.


Icarus Had A Sister

The couple recently wrote to share their latest work, ‘Icarus Had A Sister’, a sculpture that André (the Masters half of Masters & Munn) had first thought about ten years ago. André Masters’ goal was to create a piece that would “simultaneously express the fragile beauty and infinite wisdom and strength of a woman” (can we clone him?).


Icarus Had A Sister, detail

“The story behind the piece is obviously a spin off from the Greek legend of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun with wings held together with wax, and fell to his death. His sister, in our modern twist on the legend, was a bit more savvy and built her wings from sturdier things. We catch her in the moment just before her maiden flight, perched and ready to face her destiny.” CJ Munn 


To bring this idea to life the artists added 3D printing to their considerable skills. Every feather was 3D printed –  each one of the more than 200 feathers individualized before printing. The feathers were then coated in a veneer of real copper and carefully assembled one at a time to create the stunning wings.


The original lifecast of model Louise Banks

“The body and feet of our maiden were remolded and cast in white onyx powder and crushed pearl in resin, to give her an almost ethereal glow. The plinth she sits upon was cast from an ancient slate monolith found in Surrey, England, and was made from cast slate, with ribbons of copper and iron running throughout.”


Close up of the cast slate plinth

Not surprisingly, the piece won the Global Rising Star Award at London’s 3D Print Show and went on to be exhibited at the Paris 3D Print Show at the Louvre Gallery.

Masters and Munn are selling the sculpture, photographic prints of the sculpture and individual feathers in solid silver and bronze to fund the next two pieces in the collection. I look forward to seeing what they create next.

Bronze Feather

‘Icarus Had A Sister’, both the story behind the work and the sculpture itself, gave me pause.Thinking about my own experience as a woman in today’s society I realized that although my journey has often been a long, winding path with hidden obstacles, along the way I learned to look towards the future and I am ready to fly. . .to soar. First I am building my wings from sturdier things as all strong women do.

Masters and Munn website

2011 DAM post about Masters and Munn


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john iversen’s jacks

I played jacks as a child. Didn’t everyone? John Iversen’s jacks brought back lovely childhood memories.

iversen1The New York artist has several different jewelry collections and is best known for his leaf castings. iversen3All of the collections are quite lovely, however Jacks and Blocks are my favorites – how about you? iversen2

 Jacks, 18kt gold, semi precious stones, pearls




John Iversen at work

 John Iversen’s website

Many thanks to Kathleen Dustin for the link.

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sweet chloe girl

I’ve been avoiding the blog and I figured it was time to tell you why. Over the last seven years I’ve published more than 3,300 posts on Daily Art Muse, but recently each time I sat down to write a post I found I just couldn’t finish it.



That’s because most of those 3,000 + posts were written with my boss Chloe curled up in my lap, or laying across my wrists – some were even written while she rested her head on the keyboard.


Sleeping on the job!

If you’ve been following DAM for a long time you might have seen a post or two that I wrote about my constant companion of almost two decades.


Chloe & daMuse

After a swift decline Chloe passed away recently and I haven’t gotten used to life without her yet.

So I’m working on my WordPress Basics class for artists (the 4-week class begins on February 10th). I also began building WordPress websites for artists who don’t want to build their own website but do want a website they can maintain themselves (more info about this service coming soon – if you are interested, feel free to get in touch).

I’m here, busy working on things I love, quietly grieving for my sweet Chloe girl. Now that I’ve told you it might make it a bit easier to actually finish a post or two.

hurricane sandy: one year later and grateful

3pm on October 29, 2012. I was alone in a tiny cocoon across the street and high above the Long Island Sound, tucked away in a crawlspace with a sleeping bag, battery operated lantern, a fully charged phone and my camera.

during super storm sandy

The winds were wild and the skies an angry dark, dark grey as Sandy ripped through this sleepy shoreline town.


I took these pictures from my window before darkness set in and the storm reached its peak – before it was too dangerous to come out of the crawl space – where I stayed for the next 16 hours.


I was deeply grateful for family and friends, some who were also in the path of the storm. They sent texts all night long to check on me while the storm battered us. I was alone in this, but they helped me feel less alone, somehow connected and cared for.

super storm sandy waves

It was a scary night. In some ways it was more frightening than the two times I faced life-threatening cancers. Another profound reminder that there are forces larger than us and control is an illusion. . . a humbling experience.


I spent the next few months gathering debris that washed up on the shore, eventually collecting more than 300 pieces that I shipped to artists around the country (with your help, thank you).


Months later artists are sending me photographs of the transformed debris and each one moves me. . .I have no words. When all of the work is completed I will mount an online exhibit sharing the artist’s thoughts, work in progress photos and images of the finished pieces.

You can read more on the project’s website Peace by Piece.

If you would like a sneak peek of the transformed debris before the actual exhibit, Monthly Art Muse subscribers are getting a first look at the finished work over the next couple of months (you can too when you sign up here).

calm waters

I am grateful for the quiet weather today. I take nothing for granted. While much of the landscape here has changed, lives are intact. That is not true in other areas, where many people who were in the storm’s path are still suffering from enormous losses. It makes the months-long constant drone of construction crews outside my window seem trivial – because it is indeed trivial.


I am also grateful to the twenty artists who are working with me on this project - a journey of reflection and hope; joy and beauty; life and death, through the eyes of a select group of artists. A reminder that when we fall down, we can and must rise up, move past destruction towards beauty and hope for the next chapter.

And I am grateful to be here. . .still able to bring you inspiration from artists across the globe as you continue your journey.

I wish you a peaceful day with much love and calm waters. . .

dam, you’ve come a long way baby!

Seven years. That’s how long I’ve been here, writing, sharing, celebrating artists. I published my first post in October 2006. Seven years ago this month. DAMn.


Scrolling through the posts looking for a select few to write about this week, in celebration of our seven years, I realized so many outstanding artists have been showcased on DAM that I can’t choose a few. Really.



The 75 random images you see here are a tiny percentage of the 11,190 images that appear on 3,340 posts in the archives.


This week I’ll let the archives speak for themselves. Take a look – over there on the right side of the page. The Archives – there is a wealth of wonderful art to be celebrated!







Happy Anniversary DAM!


And then there’s MAM. . .

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The October issue landed in subscriber’s inboxes today. Included inside this issue is a sneak peek at completed art for the Peace by Piece project! So sweet. . .

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