First, he only made this pair, without really knowing in which order they should stand, or rather, like with his other series, letting open the choice to choose an arrangement. Indeed, does this suggest how the woman's body resembles a nose flute, or how a nose flute looks like a woman. Which of them is the real subject ?
The idea for this diptych came from many guitarists naming their guitar after a woman, as the clean lines of the instrument resemble the curves of a female torso. Also, I wanted to create a combination of the nose flute and the female nude, similar to how photographer Man Ray projected the f-holes of the cello onto a female torso as seen from the back.
Indeed, we immediately think of the Violon d'Ingres, by Man Ray in 1924, in which the body of the famous model Kiki de Montparnasse is shown like a violin. There is a difference however, since Man Ray's work is a synthesis of both images (Kiki-violin) and thus, avoid the question of the arrangement of a diptych.
The blonde was also painted in acrylic on 60 x 80 cm. canvas, with Persian rose and Azo yellow light as the main colours. For this one I also used burnt Sienna, Blue sky light, besides basic black and white. For the 'tulip tattoo' I had to use red!
The paintings probably could do well as each other's mirroring image, I guess (1 hanging upside down, 'reflecting the other').
So would you place them like this, like that or another way ?
On the same topic :
- Beautiful drawings by Maikel Mei
- Nose flute paintings by Maikel Mei
- Maikel Mei's new paintings
- Bocarina painting by Maikel Mei
- Mei's History of Art - Series 1: Rock Cave Art