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DELFT

~ Iustitia ~
Graphite on cream paper, framed
28 x 37 cm 

Collection from; "Exploring the New world designs - Chapter 1, Delft"

Conclusive design of the chapter



 

~IUSTITIA~
 

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DESCRIPTION/NOTES

Iustitia - The  conclusive drawing piece of Delft

Above those parapets of stones, did I witness the statue of justice, standing proudly on the town hall at the heart of the city. Baffled as I was, in such intricate design, how delicately the statue stood, did I began observing its shape and meticulous detail. An angelic face wrapped in the finest of garments, held together with a golden rope at its waist while holding a golden sword along with its golden scale. Tantalized as I was, I remember the first thing that came to mind was the word Unnatural, I felt alienated that justice would be represented in such manner; for no angelic entity of human decent can pass judgment without bringing injustice in its cause.

Thus, following the said observation and the plethora of inspirations I had prior to that point of the city, I set out to create my final statement of Delft. It was my intention to humanize the statue, to show the reality behind an actual human upholding such power, what would that entail. In response, I riddle the design with small details, as the statue had, but mine were of storytelling intent and of origins of human emotions.

I cho
se a female figure to stand as the statue, a proud symbol of life and origin of us all. For her garment, I stripped her naked, showing "proudly" the etchings on her flesh, the many symbols I absorbed of the history of Delft, from the blue china designs that they were famous for, to their flag and patterns that I saw all around. I gave her a mischievous companion, a gargoyle that held the ropes around her neck, hands and waist, to keep her in place for she was to be presented still and motionless. Her scale showed truly, in my eyes, the measure of balance, how the need of this goliath/Atlas figure would need to uphold one end of the scale for it to be forcibly balanced. (For in truth, there was no question how uneven the scales would have been without its intervention). I captured the walls and stones as is, leaving the emphasis on her sorrow, for her desires and free will had long but been forfeited, as her task at hand needed none but a beautiful vessel for the sinners to gaze upon to wash their conscious away at her sight. For nothing in history was achieved without the element of injustice.

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*Music -Miserere mei-Edward Higginbottom

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