Friday, 22 June 2012
big giant (because)
Background image is the Lion Gate, Boghazköy, Turkey, c. 1400 B.C.—site of the remains of Hattusas, the ancient capital of the Hittites. Big Giant orange juice label and walking giant are clippings from Angelica (thanks!). Mineral on upper right is rhodonite. Orange and white trapezoid on lower left is from a painting by Rex Ray. And the humanoid sea creatures on lower right and left are from Peter Paul Rubens's Arrival and Reception of Marie de'Medici at Marseilles (1621-1625). Border is washi tape.
I read recently that the reason why Rubens's women are not just fleshy, but strangely proportioned, is that moral constraints kept him from working with female models. With rare exceptions, he used male models and then gave them padding according to the fashion of the day.
As for the little non-humanoid critter, he looks a bit like the Gill-man in The Creature from the Black Lagoon, so I've decided to call him Jack—for Jack Arnold, who directed that fine feature film.