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. Β 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. Β They’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, and there are so many similarities to the portrait drawings I’ve been doing.