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MotherBee 6 by amphista MotherBee 6 by amphista
About 2 ft tall 22 inch base. Explores the inherent yet dichotomous qualities of joy and suffering. Stoneware and Mixed Media finishes.
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Given 2009-05-23
MotherBee 6 by *amphista Having created a few ceramic works myself, I know how difficult and time consuming it is to do this type of work. I really like the idea of incorporating honeycomb and the body of a pregnant woman. The piece is very inviting, it welcomes you to look around the entire Sculpture. I think the piece is also open to different interpretations. My interpretation is that the piece is showing how similar bees and humans are. Bees help bring flowers to life just as mothers do. -- My interpretation? It shows a nice balance within one's self. There's a strong feminine exterior, but shows the capability of shouldering strong masculine issues on the interior as well. I love the folded bend in the arm, which you'll have to see in her Gallery. To me, the folded bend shows added wear and tear. Strain from having to endure alot, and coming through it with the greatest reward - the knowledge that you have great strength, and can birth that strength in others. ( Suggested by Laartista and Featured by 2dazed )

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:iconredman50222:
REDMAN50222 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting concept
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:iconwolf-that-howls:
wolf-that-howls Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
COOL, this is awesome it looks like a human hive =) but it would be scary to poke if bees lived inside. =O
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:icontyrnau:
tyrnau Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
good work
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:iconfiery-fire:
Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey !!! You have been featured in brand new, Surreal News article >> [link]
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:iconamphista:
amphista Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much... it's an honor, there was some great work there!
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome :D
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:iconbettylane:
bettylane Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
congratulations on the dd! this piece is so deserving of it. :nod: :hug:
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:iconrebootmaster2001:
rebootmaster2001 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aw man! I didn't know that you got a DD on this piece. Congratulations, you deserve it so much!

Are we going to see some new work anytime soon?

Oh, and I couldn't find your gallery box on your userpage here. Just fyi.
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:iconmamourian:
Mamourian Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
realy work of art thank you...:)
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EvanCampbell Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
I love this...great idea and execution!
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PaulineFrench Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not so sure I interpret this piece the same way ^2dazed did. Even after looking at the other photos it feels more destructive to me. I understand where the idea comes from, but it still feels to me like motherhood, or some part of being a woman is eating at her.

It could be just my mood, or from my fear of bees. I'm not even a mother, so I guess in some ways, it's a concept I really can not completely understand. But while this piece is amazingly well crafted, and beautiful, it gives me a bit of the chills.
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:iconamphista:
amphista Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliments, and really, that is what I love about this piece, that each viewer sees it in a different way, the the reactions I've gotten from this piece have really reflected the dichotomous qualities of joy and suffering. I have not been a mother either but I find that every time that I try to talk about it I find myself giving a different version of the truth that is dependent on my current state of mind, but each is true, so perhaps it is your mood, or the quality of these pictures, or maybe that is just what you see, and there is nothing false about it.
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pixilatedmonkey Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
it is work like this..that makes me feel like a crappy artist...good job!
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:iconamphista:
amphista Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no! i mean, thank you... but I hope you don't really feel like a crappy artist! or I just hope that you can let work that you admire make you want to push yourself forward not hold you down... trust me the work that I was doing a couple years ago is shit compared to this, and I hope that in a few more years I will think the same way about this piece, I mean it will always be significant to me, and I might still like it but I hope that I can say that I've grown as an artist. So keep at it, and your work is great by the way. :hug:
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Student Filmographer
:blink:

Wow.
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:iconamphista:
amphista Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:happycry:
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nonparticipant Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
I'm very happy for you to have been given a DD. :) its a very deserving piece :D
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amphista Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
as i have said before and will probably say many times again, thank you! :thanks: you are too kind... and yes this reply is overdue, but it's taking me a while to deal with my inbox since then... gah work! but yesterday I was finally able to do some of my work, and i actually spent 6 hours sanding her down, getting all the failed attempts of paint before finding this finish off, now she is almost completely back to raw clay, looking very naked and very white, after I finishing stripping her ( :strip: ) and re-priming, and sanding, sanding, sanding, I will then be able to paint, finish, and seal her. Then she will be super smooth, and the beehive will be cleaner and cooler, and I will add other materials like beeswax, and replace fast cheap materials with better options (such as the glue-gun glue on her fingers used to mimic honey will be replaced with tinted resin, etc.) and then I will take better pictures for the book! yay!

ohhh what a random rant!

:blow kiss:
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nonparticipant Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
:aww: glad to hear your getting time to work :D can't wait to see her all fresh and new'ed up.

You gonna take process shots of the repair/reworking?
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amphista Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
perhaps i should...
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themixtape27 Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Wow.

Well, first, the art is amazing. I like the almost minimalist quality to the woman's skin- the fine, simple lines of the nude and the glossy black color. Then, the contrast to the beehive and dripping honey and such is amazing, artistically- the color of the honeycomb is really intense, in a non-garish way, compared to the black, and the complex geometric designs look amazing next to the organic smoothness of the nude. Also, after viewing some other views, the twisting of that one arm's black smoothness with the honeycomb is excellent, and the work and detail you put into covering the inside with the cells is also amazingly done, especially considering how time consuming and tedious it must have been.

That said, the overall piece is unsettling to me. I can definitely see your meaning from your statement in the work. The pose itself is so calming, except for that hand, reaching inside. The stuff dripping could be honey or intestines, bountiful, sweet food or bodily pain. The torn edges and dripping honey are reminiscent of some terrible wound. Maybe this reflects my lack of desire to ever be pregnant, but it seems sinister to me, haunting. It makes me want to look, but be uncomfortable while doing so.

Very good piece.
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Nightshade-Black Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
That is VERY cool.
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:iconkrishnachandranu:
krishnachandranu Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
wow!!!!
awesome!!! :heart:
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captain-radness Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I first saw this I don't think i could really comprehend what I was seeing. As I looked at it more I was like "Oh wow.". This is powerful and really awesome!
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:iconkuthinks:
Kuthinks Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Such a powerful piece O: I wish I could walk around and see it more.
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:iconamphista:
amphista Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ... and well I took enough pictures that you almost can. Did you take a look at the others in my gallery?
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:iconkuthinks:
Kuthinks Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah, no I didn't think of that :D I shall do it now!
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:iconinvaderzztopfan12345:
thats really cool ^.=.^
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lucidflux Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Brilliant, gorgeous piece of work. You have a true mastery of the media. :D Thanks so much for sharing! Congrats on the well-deserved DD! :)
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
wow, great work!
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:iconzurfergoth:
Zurfergoth Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoah! sweet piece of art!
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4sterisk Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Gross!!! But Awesome :D
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:iconmirayoshi:
mirayoshi Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
what a great work ;-D
:star: 10/10 :star:
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:icondeathshok:
Deathshok Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
is that a real honeycomb? lol, that would be cool
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BelaFarinRod1988 Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
you´re the best, hun :hug:
hold on the good work and see you soon @ #thumbsshare :D

:blowkiss:
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LxRyuuzakiLOVE Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
that's really cool ^^
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XwolfXbangXtroubleX Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
I fon't get it why people say it's "creepy" but I do enjoy it!
Very cool!
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Tito-san Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Student General Artist
excelent job!
but a little creepy for me >.<
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Tito-san Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Student General Artist
excelente job!
but a little creepy for me >.<
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subtronik Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
This is really wild.

Excellent concept and execution.
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Yael-Rainbow Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Wow...
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:iconchicdemeanor:
ChicDemeanor Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
beautiful work
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:iconfetalnightmare:
FetalNIGHTMARE Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow! it turned out so wonderful!!!!
I was wondering when you'd post some finished shots!!
very very very impressive!:clap:
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Sandcharm Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most amazing sculpture I've ever seen, even among many other galleries from other sculpture artists, I believe this one tops them all in design and meaning. I love how unique it is and how detailed. The fact that I actually commented shows how much I enjoyed this piece because I typically just favorite and move on to the next thing.

I'm assuming the ';Price on request' thing in the Artist's Comments means you're selling it, but I could be mistaken. If only I were older, had a job, and had alot of money, I'd soooo buy it and feature it in the foyer of my home, on a beautiful marble stand. Alas, I'm only 17 and still live with the parents, tis ashame.
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Sandcharm Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stupid smiley... ' Price on Request'*
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Sheeeva Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, making the "hive" must have taken you absolute ages! I have the sudden craving to feel clay between my fingers again - this is a very inspiring piece. Congrats on your DD!
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26102538kenz Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Student
Great Job![link]
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:iconcannibaljim:
cannibaljim Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That creeps me out in so many ways. It's like a nightmare I had.
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hollowxribcage Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
kinda scary oO
it's like she's tearing herself
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