Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sketchbook: Skull Reliquary.

Skull Reliquary (Pencil in Moleskine, 3x6").

It can be easy for me to fall into a groove when visiting a museum where I gravitate towards artwork in my visual wheelhouse (i.e. strong draftsmanship, representational, etc), while briskly bypassing others.  It's not something I'm proud of, because a lot can be gleaned from art outside of my artistic Venn diagram.  As a result, I have a new edict where I try to spend time in front of pieces and genres I would normally ignore.  I was rewarded by my new-found effort when I encountered this Papua New Guinea skull reliquary sculpture in the Oceanic art section of San Francisco's De Young Museum.  It was an amazing piece.

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