The idea for this sculpture came to me several years ago, and I made a small version of the figure, or maquette, at the time, but have always wanted to make a slightly larger and more detailed version since. There is still a certain amount to do but hopefully what I’ve done so far is worthy of a new post from my somewhat quiet account.
Each photograph shows about an hour or two’s work at each stage.
At this point I added a couple of inches of clay to the bottom of the sculpture and remodelled the feet to give the whole piece more height. I had to lengthen the legs too.
The head had fallen off about a dozen times by now, and the upper and lower arms kept breaking too, partly as I was struggling to resolve the issue of size and ratio of body to feet.
There is still much to do, but at least I have resolved the problem of her head falling off all the time. Well, at least for now, that is. Next I will shorten the legs quite dramatically by removing the knees, and I will also continue to sculpt away at the shins.
I love working with clay; It has such a sensual feel to it. But I do feel I should investigate other materials that are more stable to work with and that do not need firing in a kiln, which is something I don’t have access to. Either that, or I must get into the habit of using some kind of underlying support for whatever I am modelling or sculpting.
There has been an explosion in sculpting techniques over the past few decades with artists creating new forms and discovering new media. It seems that we truly are limited only by our imaginations. From shadow sculptures to statues of horses made entirely from kitchen utensils. I love it all!
Do you have a favourite sculptor or sculpture? Or do you have a favourite genre, style or medium? Or have you been surprised by the discovery of a new form of sculpture you had not known before?
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