VERSION - notes on work in progress
Version is inspired by the great I-Roy’s album, “Don’t Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff”, 1972 - 1975. The title refers to the Jamaican Reggae term meaning “versing”, the origin of today’s rap battles among contemporary musicians.
The image is not intended as a portrait, but as an homage; the figure displays a joyful singer. The album is a powerful collection of 16 songs, among which my favorites are “Hospital Trolley”, “Straight to the Heathen Head”, and “Fire Burn”, with its haunting horn instrumentals.
Listen to “Fire Burn’:
Page image: Version, torso of singer
Top left: Completed figure
Top right: I-Roy's album cover, "Dont Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff"
Left, 2nd row: figure in progress
Left middle, figure to waist
Right middle, base and feet
Right, notebook sketch for sculpture of Version
Bottom right: lettering for base of sculpture