Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

The catalog for my upcoming exhibitions is moving along nicely: My husband is designing the book, I’m doing the photography, and RISD Printmaking Professor Andrew Raftery is writing the catalog essay. In about a week or so I’ll start my massive PR campaign for these exhibitions.  It’s exciting to see everything coming together at this point.

As I think about ways to approach these portrait sculptures, I’ve been looking a lot at the works of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, a late 18th century Austrian sculptor. He created a number of pieces called “Character Heads” which represented anguished, distorted expressions.  They’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and there are so many similarities to the portrait drawings I’ve been doing.

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