While I mull over the final finish for my latest sculpture, Objectification (I), I thought I’d put together a video of the process, to give a little glimpse into the weeks of hard work that even a small sculpture can take.
From molding the clay on the armature, to covering it in several coats of plaster to make a cast, to letting that dry only to dig out the original clay, and fill it with more plaster, to finally chipping away at the mould to reveal the final sculpture underneath, it is quite a journey!
I hope you enjoy the video and the process, and I can’t wait to share the final reveal when her patina is done.
(Read more about the meaning of this sculpture, here»)
Hello my loves,
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, I wanted to share one of my recent sculptures, focused on the female form, which is currently drying in my studio & awaiting a coat of varnish and a patina: “Objectification (I).”
If you have a moment, here is her story:
In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement earlier this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a woman, in a culture where sexual predation still occurs, yet somehow has been ignored in certain sectors, for so very long. Especially since I have been working in the entertainment industry as a television host for the past 13 years, and even having been introduced to the “casting couch” myself (to which I said “No thank you, I’ll pass” lol), the entire movement hit very close to home.
This sculpture, a nude woman, her face neatly removed as if through a futuristic, bloodless surgery, and placed by her feet, is not so much about sexual assault in and of itself, as much as it’s about the erasure of women’s identities, in the midst of all these accusations and public outcry. It’s about how it feels to be exposed to the world, with one’s story of sexual abuse or harassment, and being made into just one of a huge number of interchangeable women – angry women, mistreated women, scared women, women who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, or women labeled as just plain stupid, or manipulative even, for having been in these situations in the first place, and for either disclosing, or not disclosing, after the fact (and in many cases – you are wrong no matter which you choose).
It’s the objectification not of the body, but of the mind & of the soul, which leaves one naked and alone, even as we stand strong, and our voices rise together; so that we remain faceless, in the aftermath of a movement that we put so much hope into, and of which we have yet to see what the far-reaching outcomes will be.
Once the sculpture is completely dried and a patina applied, I will post more about her, with some video of the process, which if you have ever casted a clay sculpture in plaster, you know is quite an ordeal hehe!
Thank you so much for reading, and if you’d like to place a bid on this piece before it’s done (thus securing her for yourself in advance) please contact me here.
I needed a break from working on my mixed media piece so I decided to just play around a bit with the clay for a few minutes, and look what emerged? A lovely little bird sculpture!
And I thought I could take him/her home to show my cat (haha I know, I’m silly XD), but then one of my studiomates insisted on buying it from me. Less than a day old and already flown out of the nest! *tears* lol
Baking more Sculpey things: These look like little burnt Combos. Yup, time for bed!
Making a sculpture of teeth out of sculpey for my latest art project 🙂
I usually plan my pieces out to the last detail, but as part of my New Year’s “Revolution,” I’m breaking all the rules and just letting each inspiration build on the last. Excited!
Hope everyone is having a fun & creative day!
Everyone knows the Nefertiti Bust – the incredibly beautiful sculpture of the most famous Queen of Egypt, found in Thutmose’s workshop by archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt.
In the centuries that have passed since the bust was made, there has been so much speculation about what the ancient Egyptians actually looked like, especially guesses as to their racial heritage. Doubtless modern ideas of race were not valid categories in such ancient times, when populations were so different than they are now, but still, I’ve thought a lot about the debate as to whether the ancient Egyptians were African, Arab, or some other racial and ethnic designation we don’t have a name for today.
Either way, I thought it would be fun to re-create a bust similar to Nefertiti in style, but with more Afrocentric features. But I ended up getting so wrapped up in the process, that I never completed the headdress or color! Luckily, a buyer liked her just as she was, and I was able to cast a copy of the head for them.
What should I do with the original? Should I complete her and turn her into a Queen? Or just seal and paint her as she is?