Thursday, February 12, 2009

Some Sculpture from the past

































5 comments:

Tracy O'Brien said...

They are really beautiful pieces James - where did you get the materials? Do you still do sculpture?

Lucky Fish said...

The egg is fantastic! Is it an owl?
http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=8574868

TAW Blog Admin said...

Thanks for the compliments. I haven't done any sculpture for years(but I have plans for some mixed media, possibly peforamance/installation work in the future) - the egg/bird could be an owl I suppose but in my head I don't believe it was a specific bird at the time. I got the materials in college (apart from Joyce it the rest came from my college days) and respectively the egg/bird is carved out of limestone with angle grinders and chisles and the Joyce head was carved from plaster (much easier :)- the bird is a mixed media piece created from the wax perdue(lost wax) process (paper and sticks and twine initially for wing and main body and then wax over that and shaped more or less as you see) surrounded in fire proof plaster baked in an oven and then the cavity filled with molten bronze then when cooled broken out of the plaster and cleaned up and then the razor blade, bullet and feather were added. I had a bit of an obesession for birds at the time and the reality and metaphor of flight representing artistic imaginative freedom - it involved also writing hence the pen nib/feather=quill, bullet as eye=vision,targeting,also as hunting,death there was an Italian writer Giorgio Bassani who wrote a book called The Heron so it was an allusion to that story also, at least in my head at the time, but hopefully it stands up by itself even if you didn't hear my reasons.

Stephen said...

It does :) Brilliant work James. I'm looking forward to your mixed media stuff. I've seen a lot of really good work in that field recently most notably Dave Mckean's artwork in recent Neil Gaiman graphic novels.

Lucky Fish said...

It is really sweet how there is a paersonal history in these :)