If I were to list the criteria for my ideal project, creating a sculpture of Tadzio, the young boy from Death in Venice, for a Criterion release of Luchino Visconti’s adaptation would just about tick off all the boxes. Firstly, I love cinema, and that particular film is especially and uniquely beautiful. Secondly, although I am known primarily for my illustrations, I love working in 3D, and my current passion is for sculpture. Thirdly, I love the patina of aging bronzes, and in fact I collect images of favorite sculptures, mostly from Italy, mostly from cemeteries. And last but not least, I love Venice . . . but then again, who doesn’t?
So when Criterion reached out last year and said they’d like me to work on Tadzio, and to make him appear as though he were decaying, not only did I think that was a great idea for the Blu-ray and DVD cover, I also knew I was in my element. Tadzio represents an idealization of beauty, and the film’s main theme is the death of that ideal. So to have him pictured as a bronze sculpture that has weathered, patinated, and corroded over many years seemed like a good way to create the perfect image. I was raring to go.
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