Fables and a Bat :: Fábulas e um Morcego

Fábulas is the portuguese word for Fables. They’re usually small stories with something to learn from them. Last year I had the opportunity to see an exhibition featuring the illustrations for “Fábulas”, a book written by Joaquim Manso and illustrated by Almada Negreiros. Almada Negreiros was a self taught Portuguese artist with a tremendous impact in the Portuguse artistic scene during the 20th century. The illustrations for the fables were made on Indian ink over paper and they are beautiful depictions of animals. I was delighted by them and kept thinking about a bat with its open wings and a blissful look on his face. Finally, almost a year later, I took the courage to bring it to live with polymer clay. I sketched, studied solutions, built armatures and it came happily alive under my hands. By coincidence it’s almost Halloween and it seems to me that it is a great character to keep you in good company on that day (along with some fun ghosts and spiders).

As Fábulas são geralmente pequenas histórias com alguma lição a retirar delas. No ano passado tive a oportunidade de ver uma exposição com as ilustrações para o livro “Fábulas”, escrito por Joaquim Manso e ilustrado por Almada Negreiros. Almada Negreiros era um artista português auto-didacta que teve um impacto tremendo no panorama artistico português durante o século XX. As ilustrações para as fábulas foram feitas a tinta da china sobre papel e representam animais admiráveis. Fiquei encantada e não consegui deixar de pensar num morcego com as asas abertas e rosto simpático. Finalmente, quase um ano depois, tive a coragem para lhe dar vida em massa polimérica. Esboçei, estudei soluções, construi o “esqueleto” e despertou alegremente nas minhas mãos. Por coincidência estamos quase no dia das bruxas e parece-me que será uma óptima companhia para a ocasião (juntamente com uns fantasmas ou umas aranhas divertidas).

Fábulas, the cover of the book recently reedited by Bertrand

Bats, inspired by Almada Negreiros illustrations

Spiders and Ghosts in a Halloween mood

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