In my art foundation this year, I’ve been working my way around all of the studios trying to become familiar with all of the facilities available to 3D students. I am increasing my knowledge in all areas: ceramics, woodwork, metalwork and plastics, getting accustomed with the tools and becoming more practiced with the materials. I am working on construction techniques and building my skills to become a more capable sculptor.
A recent project to design a coat stand brought up many difficulties. I was adventurous and wanted to create a kinetic structure that moved when you interacted with it. Involving wheels and chains proved difficult, forcing me to work in a way I haven’t worked before and introducing me to many tools in woodwork and metalwork. It was a great experience and has made become a more adventurous artist.
I’ve been working mostly with plaster currently, a material that I have grown fond of. My desire to work in plaster came from a favourite sculptor of mine; Hans Josephsohn. I discovered his work on a recent trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Reading up about him I discovered his bronze sculptures are casts from initial plaster work, adding and removing wet and dry plaster. His work showed hand and finger prints adding a personal and hands on approach which I found fascinating. The quick setting nature of plaster has been convenient with our short projects, and I have enjoyed building with and carving away at it to create unique pieces. I have also made hand and face casts as well as moulds to create repeats and even packaging!