|@IVAAN KOTULSKY 1979|
This piece is a sommelier spoon, used by wine tasters. What I love about it is that it's not slavishly Egyptian, though there are many features characteristic of the age of Tutankhamun. The bunches of grapes and vines on the underside are characteristically Ivaan's. So is the shape: it looks a bit like a flounder. Yet there are the striations on the front handle that represent bullrushes, and that part is very much an Egyptian influence.
I can easily imagine Ivaan poring over this book of Egyptian photographs, and asking me to read him the text. We were so well matched in many ways, primarily the ways in which we were opposites. One of the most predominant was that he loved to be read to, and I love reading aloud. Who would have thought that I'd be the one silently carrying on his legacy? One of my big regrets is in not having taken the opportunity, while I had it, to learn more from him about this collection, which has become so important to me, and was instrumental in developing the artist he eventually became.