Sun Worshipper, Full Scale, Armature, [Wood]

Dublin Core

Title

Sun Worshipper, Full Scale, Armature, [Wood]

Subject

Figure sculpture, American--20th century

Description

Full-Scale wood armature for Sun Worshipper. There is still much plasteline residue on the armature.

"The mysterious Sun Worshipper, originally designed in 1937, was enlarged and cast to Full-Scale in 1994. Fredericks treated this enigmatic, contemporary figure a classical manner but the result has a spiritual, ritualistic quality. The lower limbs of the female figure, nude from the waist up, are draped with a wide skirt. Her knees are spread wide, with toes and feet together. Her open hands are spread, palms up, and her upturned face is parallel with the sky so that her throat is stretched almost beyond physical capability. The figures bold form is deeply carved, with angular, archaized features, ranging from relatively naturalistic hands and feet to the striated, abstract forms of her hair, which are echoes in the faceted drape of her skirt. The body itself is sensitively rendered with lifelike proportions and curves. Muscular, solid, and androgynous, Sun Worshipper is a powerful figure captured in a vulnerable moment. Like the dragon, this figure is curled upon itself and turned psychologically inward, but the dramatic gesture of the upturned face suggests a spiritual quest, a philosophical concept that Fredericks has explored elsewhere."
Fredericks, Suzanne P. "Marshall M. Fredericks, Sculptor", Saginaw Valley State University, 2003. p. 14-15 Photos on pages 42 and 185

Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1994

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Type

Sculpture
Armature

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Armature Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

68" x 40" x 40"

Materials

Wood
Clay

Catalog Number

2000.005

Object Location

Sculptors Studio

Provenance

01/15/2000 gifted to MFSM

March/April 2003 relocated to Sculptor's Studio

Files

2000.005.jpg

Citation

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998, “Sun Worshipper, Full Scale, Armature, [Wood],” Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, accessed May 22, 2024, https://omeka.svsu.edu/items/show/5525.