Autumn Borts-Medlock

Black Swan


5.75 x 4.75 x 9.75 in.
Black Swan is my first original swan effigy. In my culture, the swan symbolizes beauty, strength, and wisdom; a black swan, in addition, represents heightened personal power.
I made my first swan as a commissioned clay re-creation of a marble sculpture. I found the process so interesting that I created Black Swan to explore the creative possibilities of this new form. This piece is almost abstract, its inky blackness offering only a sensuous silhouette. Adorned with coral eyes, a single carved water lily, and an inlaid robin’s egg turquoise, this swan is undeniably a creature of life-giving water. Black Swan is my attempt to marry this new form with my artistic sense for balance and symbolism.