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.
‘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