‘Den Hvide Slave’ - ‘L’Esclave Blanche’
‘Den Hvide Slave’ - ‘L’Esclave Blanche’
A white woman in a harem. Surrounded by exotic objects and luxury, she herself is an exotic object. Painting from 1888 by Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouy. By Golem Miniatures.

When Golem Miniatures did this competition, I was considering entering and showed the painting to my wife. Vulgar, she said, that the piece was done as it seemed almost glorifying in the original painting. This is very much what's happening today, she argued. Of course being right. It is a vulgar display without showing the personal loss. The front is glorifying for sure. How can I show the cost?

I suggested to my friend Steffen Søgaard Jensen to do this as a collaboratory piece, where he would build and I would paint, and we would spin ideas back and forth together. How can we work in 3D? Tue Kaae is underway with a project in 3D of a bird either trapped or free, depending on perspective, and the idea came to use that analogy of a bird either free or with some sort of hints as to a not so pretty side hidden. Depending on perspective.

So we build it like this. At first just seeing it head on it is just a girl with a glass of champagne. Calm and smoking a cigarette. In order to look behind and find out what is up you will have to turn it by hand, get down and look through the window or look from above. And see what is hiding. A condom. Some 'fuck-me-pumps'. Underwear.

Think of it as a 3D detective's puzzle.

Thanks Steffen!
  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS

    Fantastic job guys!

  • Jens Riber PoulsenPLUS

    An amazing story.

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks Jens! And thank you talks too along the way!

  • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

    The frontal view, through glass is inspired.  I love the living crap out of it and that alone would do it for me, but the shadows from the shades, and the world building, the ‘trappings’ really complete the scene.  Nothing missing, and nothing in excess (my general ‘failing’ we’ll call it, excess).  Very controlled and communicative.

    Vulgar, sure, but vulgar has its place, and not every statement needs to be one of Beauty.  Thanks Jakob, for sharing.

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much for this comment. Means a lot to hear. Thanks for taking the time to think.

  • BranPLUS

    Well done Jakob…..

  • John_EngstrandPLUS

    Fantastic work love it

  • Ivan Hortal A.PLUS

    very interesting and different proyect. I love it.

  • Alex ✍PLUS

    Such a great idea ❤️

  • Renato

    Art are never vulgar and this is a little masterpiece of ministure art.Gold for me

    • Jakob Villien

      Wonderful feedback, I am glad you like it.

  • Poliakov_Andrii

    Gold

    • Jakob Villien

      Thank you for your vote.

  • Roman LappatPLUS

    It is such an evocative piece! I love it. Mucho! Editor’s choice from my end!

    • Jakob Villien

      Thank you so much Roman. Alas, I think you are the only one. I am glad you like it. Like I told you, I was looking forward to showing It to you.  now I will just paint an ork :)

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    Great work!

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    whaouu!  that is so original Jakob ! love it !

    • Jakob Villien

      Thank you so much Marc :)

  • Yannick Degiovanni

    Very good ! Interesting way to show the miniature, nice effect of the shadows. Well done !

    • Jakob Villien

      Thanks so much, happy to hear. Yes, it was very much experimental.