Material. Green sedimentary stone in the greywacke family. Harder than granite.
This piece was inspired by the painting in 1952 by Vladimir Tretchikoff ‘The Green Lady’ which also featured a green blue female face. Vlad’s painting became one of the world’s most reproduced artworks. Many people were intrigued by the choice to paint the oriental lady with green skin and bright red lips.
Neville explains "I am not interested in emulating Vlads work but saw the colours and my natural inclination to carve ethnic forms and faces as an interesting shadowing of a Russian man, painting an oriental woman and me, a European kiwi man carving a Pacifica woman. The green wacky stone is very dense and takes a fine finish. It also takes a crisp edge so I decided to stylise the form to further remove myself from the subject. I wanted her to feel almost like a landscape for the viewer. With movement caused by the rounded underside and the impression of movement by the varied side facets. When ever we are introduced to a culture or place that we are not from or is perceived as “ other” we tend to see only an overall impression. It takes time to learn to see the subtleties and depths on offer. ‘The Green Lady’ painting was all about the exotic and different for the tens of thousand households who had a print on the wall. My green lady is about the tens of thousands of stones we overlook because we are unable to see the differences until one is singled out and made accessible."
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