Monthly Archives: April 2012

The straight figure again, this time a 1/2 life size portrait of my brother-in-law when he was 49 years old.  He was quite a challenge, as you can see he is built like an artist’s anatomy book. The sculpture was started in Kansas, travelled to Utah with some damage, was fixed and fiddled with, then I pulled a silicon mold in the living room of E & I’s small rental place, and finally last year had a bronze rough-cast at the foundry and I chased and welded it out in my studio. I brought him to the foundry with E-Ball for sandblast, patina, and basing as well (things I do at the studio now).

This is the same 1/2 life size portrait as the Sequential Figure. She did not risk destruction in her casting, rather her perfection was assured by ceramic shell. I had the foundry rough-cast her last spring, along with a casting of Peter, and I did the welding & chasing (see prior posts for the process), then had the foundry sandblast, patina (as I did not own a sandblaster at that point) with my help scubbing back the Liver of Sulphur, and base them to rotate on a hidden lazy-susan. I have entered her in a few shows, with no luck: the non-idealized nude figure in Utah or some such…

This new Sequential Figure is finished. She is the best of them all. I tried a few new things, building on my casting process from my MFA show and the Orpheus & Euridice commission. If there was time/$ left in the semester I would cast her and Peter again, pushing the series more.

While I was at it I created new bases for all of my Sequential Figures, and reworked their patinas. I’m considering sandblasting a few down and giving them entirely new patinas to match this one. The new male figure also has a patina and base, but I must make a new arm out of another media to replace his miscast arm.

The Roostuar came in for a photo shoot. He is rather problematic to photograph, as he is nearly 4 feet tall and weighs in at 90 pounds. He is so big that I catch the top/edges/bottom of the grey screen in the frame. He is on a separate turn-table to facilitate spinning him for the camera. He is my favorite so far in the Gallus Sapiens / H5N1 series, I call him Alpha & Omega regarding the obvious chicken/egg, and subtler viral contagion implication.

I thougth Crescent Selene was done awhile back. She sat on the dining room table for a month or so, showing me the places that needed more work. It was amazing how much more stone I needed to remove, and how many refinements needed to be addressed. Now the push & pull between form and abstraction, the dynamic of flexing strength v gravity, and stone v anatomy- all converge more convincingly. It seems she may finally be ready to let me call her done.