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Art of the Day: Thursday February 03, 2005

Terra Faery 1

- by Cathy (Kate) Johnson

This week's theme: Fairies

Magic, legends, mythical lands and the creatures that inhabit them capture our imagination. The world we live in falls away and we are allowed to do and be in ways that take us away from the drab and common place. This is one reason why Fantasy Art has always been popular. Over the course of next few months, Art of The Day will showcase the varied landscapes and residents of Fantasy Art.

-Melissa Morton

Art: Terra Faery 1 by Artist Cathy  (Kate) Johnson
I have long been interested in our relationship to the otherworld, our myths and stories, and those things seen just out of the corner of your eye. Most of my green man sculptures grow out of that fascination--they're generally more abstract than this.

This is an original sculpture, created last year for my show at the Green Man Review, in their now defunct Arthur Rackham Gallery. The show is now up on my own page, in my Greenman Gallery at

I find sculpture very exciting and very much of a challenge--terra cotta is delicious to work with. This one I began as a humanesque sculpture and then added leaves, a snail shell, and those ears in order to suggest her otherworldliness.

Detail Images

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Closeup view emphasizing dimensionality

Detail Image for art Terra Faery 1

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Detail Image for art Terra Faery 1

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