Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"The Annunciation" Assemblage

Luke 1:26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

This full size (small framed) torso is decoupaged with brown paper bag material, which was ripped, crumpled, then mod-podged on. The angel-faced bust is actually a wall hanging which I attached to the torso. The "womb" is a rusty iron pan, inserted into the torso.
The embryo in the womb is a drawing done by Leonardo DaVinci, which I doctored a bit in photoshop, and 3-D'd it, adding a brass crown and rhinestones around the baby.
It is covered with a domed glass piece surrounded by brass tack edging and a few metal leaves for decorations. It has 7 coats of polycrylic on the torso (hence the glare and light reflection which makes the color look a bit different than what it really is.)


jasminduft said...

I think this piece is gorgeous! It's absolutely stunning! I love it! The paper you used produced a fantastic effect! Congratulations!

Roberta said...

Thank you very much jasminduft! I've peeked a little at your sites, and your artwork is lovely!