NATALIA MELA Warrior ca. 1965 - x +
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CN: MelN1965warr

MT: iron (61x81x31)

PR: Mr. Kimon Friar - 1993

CM: This sculpture is an abstracted portrait of a warrior. Though by convention such subject calls for a figure standing with pride, the reclining position of this figure suggests the pose of a reposing warrior (the pose of a wounded warrior - known since ancient art - would not be in the mind of an optimist sculptor like Mela). Unlike any other representation of warriors, Mela made her warrior out of a jumble of found objects; such as a shovel for the torso, an axe for the helmet, a lath-hammer for the dress, and other scrap metals for the shield and spear. The sculpture, eloquently evocative of the warrior, is evidence of Mela's vivid imagination and fertile originality. Mela's composite/combination sculptures ignite the imagination, and make one marvel at the sources of her inspiration. This sculpture was chosen by Kimon Friar for its qualities as an asset to his famed collection of Greek artists at Poros island. Looking back, Mela thinks her Warrior dates just before the time when the relationship between Kimon Friar and Alexis Diamantopoulos broke.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2004]

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