Xanadu Gallery | Scottsdale, AZ*

Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo - "Belle of the Ball"

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Artist: Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo
Title: Belle of the Ball
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 16"h x 11"w

"Inspired by the Gloxinia - The meaning for Gloxinia is "love at first sight," and when these beauties are in full bloom they are stunning! Growing up, my mom grew African Violets, which are a close relative to the Gloxinia. The trumpet shaped blossoms have soft velvety petals and when it comes to caring for them I remember them as being "high maintenance." They like lots of indirect sun and are sensitive to overwatering particularly on the leaves. Fiddle-dee-dee indeed." Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo

"Bell of the Ball" is a sculptural figure of a woman. The sculpture is stylized is made of bronze. The female figure stands upright, with her body in a slight S-curve, which suggests a relaxed posture. She is wearing a long, flowing dress that flares out at the bottom, creating an elegant, wavy hem that represent the Gloixinia. The dress is primarily red, fading into a lighter, almost whitish color at the edges, adding to the sense of motion and fluidity. The woman's arms are gently placed upon her midsection, with one hand resting over the other. Her head is turned slightly to one side, and her eyes are closed, which reinforces a sense of serenity or internal focus. Her facial expression is soft and peaceful. The sculpture conveys a sense of grace, femininity, and the beauty of quiet moments. The craftsmanship is delicate, with attention to the subtle details of the figure's pose and the drapery of her gown. The use of color and the fluid form of the dress exemplify an artistic focus on movement and texture, which gives the static sculpture a dynamic quality.