Thursday, 31 October 2013

SCULPTURE - WORKSHOP 1

So this is what I've been up to in my first sculpture workshop rotation. First up creating a mould of each others faces using modroc and vaseline (what a groovy ice breaker). 



Having my face plastered in mod roc was an intriguing experience, its astounding at how much we communicate and send and receive information through our faces. This is when the light bulb pinged, what if I created some work you could experience/read without certain senses, such as sight. 


After creating a small mould to create a plaster cast of some braille I wanted to expand in scale and explore language. By creating a hand cut paper stencil of a poem I've recently written titled "Nausea" (available here), I planned to create an impression of the text into clay to then take a cast of. See below for process:



First up I had to create the stencil, armed with a craft knife and plenty of tea I was ready for the next step.


After constructing a box (minus lid) to house the mould, I rolled out the clay ready to create an impression to later cast with plaster. 


After creating an impression in the clay, it was plaster time, to help strengthen the piece I added scrim and wooden sticks to help strengthen the cast. 


Ta-dah, after being unearthed from the clay this is what the plaster cast looked like, below is an image after it had a little clean. I was pleased with the result, however I wanted to explore the layering of language and data as well as the possibility of incorporating code. 




To try and build upon the "Nausea" plaster cast,  I worked with another poem I'd previously written titled "The Outsider" (available here). However as a means of incorporating code I decided to experiment with layering my steganography drawing (available here) for the poem The Outsider by layering an impression of the code into the clay on top of the poem. See below for process and end result:



Again I created a stencil, armed with a craft knife and several cups of tea I was ready for the next step.


After constructing a box (minus lid) to house the mould, I rolled out the clay ready to create an impression to later cast with plaster. 




So this is the impression created from the stencil and drawing the code on top of the text.



After the plaster had set the cast was ready to be revealed...





Roll on the next sculpture workshop. 

-Images from metal work to be uploaded soon.

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