New Finish

I have been living with this sculpture for a few weeks and liked it.  But once I added an encaustic finish to my latest sculpture, this one needed to get smoother as well.

This Piece “Return” invites to be touched.  It looks smooth and flowing, therefore the surface needs to have that quality and continue that experience.  Finally I found a way to execute this with an encaustic finish.  It turned out a little redder than I expected- but why not add a little color?

smooth finish

smooth finish

12 in. in diameter, 8in. high

12 in. in diameter, 8in. high

nice view to see that it is carved from both sides

nice view to see that it is carved from both sides

Spiraling Beauty- sculpture to touch

With this sculpture I explored different textures.  I debated if I should try colors with this piece.  I ended up with slightly pigmented encaustic as final surface treatment.  It gives it  a warm glow. And it is so smooth and soft to the touch- that is what my sculptures are all about.  Sculptures to touch!

The other goal with working in cement is to create pieces that can withstand the weather and be outside in the garden.  This piece should be smooth enough that no water collects, and avoid problems with freezing ice. I will leave it outside this winter and test it out.

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carved

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sanded

warm surface treatment

warm surface treatment

with nice smooth finish

with nice smooth finish and wonderful to touch

“Return” a Sculpture in Cement

Here is my 2nd sculpture in cement “Return”.

This is a sculpture I have done in bronze before. My challenge was to first work the top side, wait until the cement had hardened enough to turn over and then carve the 2nd side.

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It worked beautifully.

But the sculpture invites to be touched- and the cement is pretty rough. So I waited patiently for the cement to cure.  I used the time to order a sample set of diamond sanding pads.

I was surprised how well I was able to sand the piece down by hand. It now feels smooth enough to touch. Also the edges got nice and crisp. I took it to 400 grid.  The sample set goes up to 3600, but I found the difference of the next pads was so minimal that I left it at 400.

Now I will let the piece totally dry out and I might put a sealer on it.

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Intuitive Sculpture

This was the most fun day I had in a long time.  I met with Bonnie and Richard and created some sculptures in Richard’s studio.  The medium was Cement, or Mortar to be exact.

I loved the intuitive aspect of creating something in a short period of time.  The material can only be carved until it gets too hard.  So you have to work fast and not over think the design or get hang-up in the details.

The other part I loved was to be in the creative flow with other people. As artists we are often used to create by ourselves.  Sometimes that is great, but it also can be pretty lonely. There is something special that happens when more people are gathered to dive into the creative process, especially when there are no specific goals- just play and have fun.  Yeah!

Sifting materials

Sifting materials

dry mixing

dry mixing

add water

add water

pour the mixture into the forms

pour the mixture into the forms

here are our works stations.  Cement is setting up.

here are our works stations. Cement is setting up.

ready to carve

ready to carve

the fun began.  Bonnie is going wild

the fun began. Bonnie is going wild

Richard

Richard

Antje is loving the medium

Antje is loving the medium

3 fun sculptures

3 fun sculptures

POETICS OF PLACE- SCULPTURE SHOW

Antje Roitzsch will be represented with 6 Sculptures at this show:
Lucent Journey

Constance Rush, Lucent Journey, marble, 10 x 28 x 8 inches

Hawk Ridge Farm
Pownal, Maine
June 6th – July 26th, 2015
Opening Reception Saturday June 6th, 4:00-6:00 pm

 

When a sculpture is carefully sited on the landscape, both the piece and the place resonate in new ways. This exhibition and sale features sculpture by fifty New England artists shown in a country home and surrounding meadows, historic gardens and a woodland trail. Visit this exhibition to select sculpture for your home and garden and join us for our Maple Tree Talks.

 

Open by appointment with Open Houses Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 400 pm
June.lacombe@gmail.com 207-688-4468

New Sculptures

Here are new fold forming sculptures for you to enjoy.

It takes many hours of hammering to shape these forms out of a flat sheet of copper. Knowing how much to stretch the copper in order to get the expected form takes many years of experience.

This one is the latest:

Sculpture #3

Sculpture #3

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sculpture #3 different view

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sculpture #3 different view

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sculpture #3 different view

I love the fire patina on them.

Different views of #2:

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sculpture #2

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sculpture #2

 

Sculpture #2

Sculpture #2

Sculpture #2

Sculpture #2

This was the first one of this series.  Fun creating all these variations:

Sculpture #1

Sculpture #1

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Sculpture #1

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Sculpture #1

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Sculpture #1

 

 

Video of Antje

In this video Antje is talking about her art: Bronze sculptures and pendants, Foldform jewelry and sculpture, outdoor sculptures and the connection to the heart and her other passion; Massage Therapy.

Do you support Art that inspires you?

the crushed stone gives the sculpture a nice base to sit on

Have you been inspired by a painting, drawing or a sculpture? Has a handmade item moved you? Did a poem speak to you? Were you touched deeply by a performance? Is Music part of your life?

If it is the performing arts, visual arts, poetry, the crafts or music, they all play an important part in our lives.

But there is a disconnect about the willingness to pay for it.

How do the artists get paid for their work? How can they sustain the creative process?

Every area mentioned above has its own challenges and common practices that may or may not work. Since I am an expert in the visual arts, this will be my area of focus at the moment.

The most common line I hear as a visual artist is: “I love it, this is so inspiring- BUT I can’t afford it.” Meaning, the artwork did it’s part- it created inspiration, joy, curiosity, engagement. These interactions of appreciation make that artwork complete. That is why I do art- to touch someone. BUT while it is feeding my soul, it doesn’t feed my belly. I know I can’t expect everybody that is touched by my work to buy a $700 or $3.000 sculpture. Not every household even has room for another $150 drawing.

Can the focus of monetary exchange shift from owning artwork to the experience of artwork? When you enjoy a concert, you pay a ticket for the experience of it- you don’t own the piece of music. And if you are moved enough, you buy a CD (or what ever newer technology is now available) to recreate the experience again and again.  While the music industry has its own struggles, at least there is the attempt of © copyright and the rule of payment for the experience or use of the music.

(Museums do charge admission to experience artwork. But they are in a different category and raise future questions of – what makes art important enough to be collected by a museum. And what does it mean for artists that are not included in the official art world. That would have to be a topic of future contemplations)

Coming back to common practices. Often artists are asked to donate their work to auctions and fundraisers. (Those donations are not even tax deductible for the artist) The motivation is the exposure to a new audience to build name recognition. The hope is that at some point someone might want to buy a piece from that artist. Sometimes the artist will receive a minimum set price from an auction, which might cover the materials. But more often nothing will come back to the artist.

Spiraling is installed at threefold Education Center in Spring Valley, NY

Spiraling is installed at threefold Education Center in Spring Valley, NY

Coffee shops, offices, banks, health centers. libraries and other public or commercial places have figured out that art enhances their walls and atmosphere. Visitors and customers love to be surrounded by art and will patronize venues where they feel good. Office staff benefits from being surrounded by the positive vibrations of art and be more easy going, engaged and productive. What is in it for the artist? All the venues fill one need- to be a stage for the work to be seen and to be interacted with by the observer. Although the artist only can experience this benefit during an artist reception, if the venue is gracious enough to offer it. Often enough the artist has to put the event on themselves as well.

The artist spends hours installing the shows….. then what? Oh, the pieces can be offered for sale. Which happens on an extremely rare occasion.

Public gardens are starting to join the trend and are happy to host sculpture shows. Again, art needs to be seen and needs a stage. Contrary to 2 dimensional work, sculptures need to be transported in trucks- and often need machinery to be installed, boom trucks and the like. Who covers the cost for that? The artist. Or if lucky the venue will pay for the boom truck. but not the delivery.

As we look at this phenomenon of the value of art and reimbursement/payment, artists themselves need to change their common practices. Art work needs to be seen and therefore are most artists all too eager to get a chance to show their work, free of charge. If artwork was not so readily available for free, the practice of renting or other monetary exchanges might be more common.

As mentioned above, those shows are a great service to the public, but they are not sustainable for the artists. If something is given for free, it has to be acknowledged and not expected and taken for granted. Some form of exchange needs to happen that feeds the artist- spiritually, their creative life force and literally their body.

Here is a simply suggestion of one way it could work on a small scale:

Any time you are moved, inspired or touched by artwork of any kind, consider making a contribution to the artist. Think of it as a movie ticket, the price of admission, a cup of coffee. $5, 10, 20, 80…. what ever you easily spend on those items. – And repeat this on a monthly basis.

Places now hosting art shows could start to budget an installation fee to reimburse the artist at least for the time of the installation. Entering into a rental agreement for the artwork might be a possible alternative, depending on the venue. In addition they can install a collection box and encourage the public to contribute the above-mentioned donations to the artist.  This acknowledges the artist as a contributor to society. If enough people participate, the artist might actually be able to afford to donate work to your favorite fundraiser or other public display.

with rust patina

Spiral dance-with rust patina

There are many creative options when one begins to think about it. Let’s keep a conversation going and try out the first ideas.

What are your ideas as an admirer of art? How willing are you to acknowledge the importance of art in your life and engage in an energy exchange?

How willing are you as an artist to change your habits and claim your worth to society.