Siren Seduction, 2008
• carrara statuario marble
• 13” H x 24” W x 19” D (33cm H x 61cm W x 48cm D)
• private collection, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
This original white marble sculpture was inspired by the wedge shape of the original block of marble from which Michael Binkley carved the art work. It is a female nude, laying on her back on some drapery on a rock. The title harkens to Homer’s Odyssey, and the Sirens that lured sailors with their haunting song to steer their ships to treacherous rocks and hence to their death. This woman lies in a sinuous, sensuous pose upon her rock, as if in a dreamy trance and entices the viewer to come closer.
The line of her legs and knees follow the shape of the original stone block, and Binkley has released these entirely from the marble. She is carved from a piece of statuario marble, which is considered the finest and most sought after variety of the white marble for sculpting from Carrara, Italy. It is slightly translucent, and when light hits it, the marble almost glows. Binkley used a silky smooth, matte finish on the sculpture so that dramatic shadows are held by the sculpture and the surfaces are marvellous to the touch. These surfaces are in contrast to the nude’s hair and the carved rock surface which are rough in texture.
This sculpture is sold and in the private collection of a patron in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.