Thursday, February 13, 2014
It is a popular trend these days for artists who have web sites or blogs to post blasts from the past. In keeping with that trend as I am trendy you know, I am offering some of my favorites. In many ways these serve as a new bit of inspiration to me. We tend to forget places we have explored creatively. These series of images represent some forms I think I would like to reexamine. Updating and thinking of how I might utilize the elements in new ways or just keep them as they are intact. I haven't really made many of this type of figure. These two were inspired by Cirque de Solei.
They were polymer clay sculpted heads and hands. The bodies were wire armature that was then wrapped with layers of cotton batting and strips of fabrics. I then layered fibers over the subsequent layers. Then the final touches of ribbons, beads and some shoes completed the pieces. They had a nice bit of movement to them.
This last piece I called Shaman's song. He is a medicine worker and dream weaver. Not a very complicated form. There is something to be said for simplicity. I enjoyed playing with color and texture here with the use of the various fabrics and fibers.
Looking back sometimes can help us move forward. Because of my limited sculpting these days. I am finding I need to maximize what I can accomplish. Arthritic hands can certainly slow an artist down. But, I think I can at least do a head or two from time to time to keep me interested.
I hope you have enjoyed looking back with me today. May you have a great rest of the week and a happy Valentines day.