Steve Nash and Rick Wicker
Today we had a special treat, spending much of the day with Corey Flintoff of National Public Radio, who is stationed here in Moscow. He absolutely loved the Konovalenko history, project, and sculptures, so hopefully we'll hear his account on NPR in the coming weeks. Rick's photograph shows Corey and Steve discussing Cossack.
Rick used a blue background today in order to bring out a different series of colors-- compare the image of Cossack in the case with the overall shot of Cossack against a blue backgroun.
Rick then photographed Ice Fishing against the same background; note the exquisite detail on the man's face.
That was followed by Sultry Midday, which has two old women engaged in a favorite Russian pasttime-- taking tea. They are doing so in a pond of of water, with their hair up in bandanas, and while engaged in gossip. Compare this to In the Sultry Afternoon II in Denver, which has a much younger, more buxom, but equallly expressive woman in the scene. The samovar here in Moscow is made of rock crystal; the samovar in Denver is brass.
Finally, we took photos of the darkest (literally and figuratively), saddest, and frankly strangest Konovalenko sculpture we have seen to date-- Bereaved Mother. It shows a woman draped over the coffin of a small child or young soldier- it is unclear at this point. The headstone has "1941-1945" engraved on it, which could indicate birth and death dates of a child or, seemingly more likely, dates germane to World War II. We will ask Anna Konovalenko about this later today.
We are more than halfway done at the Samtosvety! Another installment tomorrow!
Steve and Rick