Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ida M W Larsen - Airship Captain

Airship Captain is an 8x10.5 inch signed open edition print by Ida Larsen. It is a beautiful self portrait by the artist which I hazard would fit into the category of "Steam Punk". This is a stunning image of a striking woman in a stunning laced corset and leather flying helmet -- with sky and hot air balloons behind her. The point of view of the sky has an odd perspective to it. There is a far away, sad, wistful look in her eyes. Is there even land below or just more cloud and more sky. Steam Punk is a form of Science Fiction which is set in a fantasy Victorian/Edwardian period -- where spaceflight has been achieved using Jules Vern-H.G. Wells sorts of technology. It became popular in the 1990's. Feisty women often vie with stalwart men in the heroics and villainy in these stories.

A gallery of Ida Larsen's work for sale can be found on

~ Darrell

My overall impression of this artist's work is that realism is vitally important in getting the concept across to the public. An example of this can be found in the expression or lack of in her face. I just wonder if she is thinking of dreams she once had that through the passage of time have faded into the distance.

~ Mags

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