I’ve had this piece by Andrey Drozdov on my Pinterest board for about two years. I love how surprisingly human it is.I didn’t find much about the artist, not even a title for this work. The original site I pinned it from is also down, but fortunately he seems to have a new presence on sculpt-fx.com – a site you really should check out.
There is so much about this sculpture that grabs me, but the gestalt effect is a graceful being with much humanity. I interpret the feet as those of a dancer, and the pose reminds me of preparing for a modern ballet. I sense a quietude and inward focus of the subject, which is a favorite motif for me.
I think what’s a little shocking is the combination of materials and how they yield such soft curves and form. The welded spots are left rough, but the intervening material on the legs appears quite smooth. That is sharply contrasted by jagged bits of metal along the back and bust, and long needle-like fingers that somehow remain gentle. I have no idea how this was constructed, and I’m not sure I care to know – I just enjoy looking at it and not worrying.
Take a good look at that face. It’s alien but very feminine, reflective, and familiar. Perhaps the vaguely equine aspects are also calling to me (I have a special affinity for horses).
When I look at this sculpture, I feel grace, strength, subtlety, power. This is a marvelous execution in all ways.