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Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo - "Queen of the Shade"

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Artist: Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo
Title: Queen of the Shade
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 24"h x 13"w

Inspired by the Trillium - I'm most fond of the rich reds of the Prairie Trillium. They are among the first blossoms to announce that spring is on the way. I draw meaning from the fact that this blossom flourishes in places where the sun is scarce. If you are watchful you can see this lovely and ephemeral wildflower adorning the shaded pathways of a forest-walking trail. As a gift, Trilliums are often given to represent healing, which is one of their well-documented properties. They are a reminder in the Christian faith of God's existence in the Trinity.

"Queen of the Shade" features an human figure that incorporates elements of the Trillium flower. The figure is standing upright with arms extended to the sides, conjuring a sense of openness. The sculpture is adorned with a large, floral bloom, its petals spreading outward and upward. The figure's attire melds into the body, appearing as a long, flowing dress that seamlessly transitions into a flower stem-like structure at the base, where it is rooted in a pile of leaf-like texture. The color scheme includes shades of pink and reddish tones, giving the sculpture a lifelike yet fantastical appearance. The texture and color gradients are carefully crafted to mimic the delicate nuances of flower petals and human skin. Overall, this artwork exudes a blend of organic beauty and elegant posture, evoking themes of nature, growth, and the harmony between humans and the natural world.