It has been a while since I actually worked on a sculpture.
I finished putting together a book about my sculpture show at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden ME. This process now feels complete, although the sculptures will remain in the garden throughout the winter.
Coming back from Germany from a family trip I now had the mental energy for something new.
For a while I wanted to try out hydrocal as a material. I had worked in plaster before and liked the process of building the form up and then filing it to give it definition and shape. But I was looking for a harder material, that is not so sensitive and could even be outside. Someone had mentioned hydrocal and I actually got a bag 6 month ago. Now it was time to try it out.
I started with a form of copper tubing which I covered with fabric to get the initial shape. Now I mixed the hydrocal and put a layer of burlap soaked in hydrocal over the fabric.
I noticed that the hydrocal stays longer in a workable consistence than plaster. I can mix it to be thicker in the beginning than plaster, so it doesn’t run down and it hardens slower. All this works really great.
I ended up mixing fery small amounts and adding many layers. The most timeconsuming part is cleaning out my mixing container. So I ended up reusing old paper cups that I collect when I get a tea on the road. The thickness of the piece grew much more than I had planned, but it needed the substance. Following the lines was an interesting unfolding. I didn’t really wanted to have an inside surface, an outside surface and a thick edge. I followed the the movement of the lines and how they wanted to travel from the outside along the edge to the inside. Now it is one infinite flow without break.
Once the surfaces seemed filled out I started to file the piece to make the lines crisp. Now it is slowy drying covered in plastic. Then it will get another going over with a file. I would like to retain a texture.
The whole process sure dulls my files! Only the edge is still usable. I wish there was an artsupply place here!