I started creating life size limbs to make molds of for this project. They will have joints that can move. This way I can continually reproduce limbs and create more figures. I can work out more ideas for how to pose and how they will exist space. Below are pictures of the sculpted limbs I started this week as well as sketches of how I think I want to pose them.
This week I finished the details of the larger figure, which I now will make alterations. I will be cutting it into parts and pinching the edges to create a more rough look. This will also make room to view the spine through the cracks in the figure. I also started building the spine this week. The spine is built out of porcelain, and I would like to find a stone to lightly press some texture into the clay.
I also was able to visit some local art museums, where I collected some inspiration photos! I went to the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, IN and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY.
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This week I have been focusing on the figure, capturing it fairly realistically, and choose the type of clay I will use. For the body of the sculpture, I've been deciding between adding granite or sawdust to the clay to add a rough, interesting texture. The surface of skin will relate to the emotional, psychological issues I am discussing about pain. Combining this with an interesting glaze can support the chronic pain story I am telling though the work that words cannot express. For example, crawl glaze, crackle, or crater glaze. These are shown below:
This week I created a small figure for practice, as well as a canvas to test some of these glaze ideas on a shapely, upright surface. This figure is around 6 inches tall. I also have created a bunch of test tiles for the glaze testing. The real piece I've decided should be closer to life-size. This will help create a one-on-one relationship with the viewer, I'm hoping to be more relatable.