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

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.

Video about me and my work

Here is a video about me and my work, connecting my artistic- and body-work through the heart.  This was made by Bill Anderson:  http://www.camdenpost.com/phenomenaltouch.html

Sculpture Journal 4/46/10

Here are more detailed views of the 3 sculptures shown in NJ at the Designer Showcase:

"Passage", side view, 7 x 10.5 x 10.5"

the same piece- from below

from above

Abstract I, I still could use another name for this piece

side view, 14,5 x 14 x 9"

another view

Harmony, 25.5 x 12 x 8"

side view

3/4 view

Sculpture Journal 3/26/10

I am working on 3 sculptures for a show in NJ.  All of them are made out of hydrocal.

Armatures for the 3 sculptures and the space available

"Abstract I" This piece still needs another name....

made out of hydrocal

smooth finish, it will be painted white

"Harmony"

this one has a textured finish to it

also painted white once it dries

Sculpture in Winter

Balance and Swing in Snow

The following text was published in the Newsletter of Merryspring Nature Center.  It also introduces the idea of renting a sculpture

Sculpture in Winter

Winter is such a beautiful time to enjoy our gardens in a more quiet way.  Winter draws our attention to the core, the essential, the structure.  Trees and shrubs reveal their essence.

The same is true for the sculptures in Merryspring’s gardens.  When the snow is covering all the plant life, even the lower shrubs, the sculptures stand out by themselves, framed sometimes by nearby bushes or trees, or just standing in open space.  Depending on the snow level, the lower parts of the sculpture even disappear.  Right after a storm, fresh snow can play with the linear forms of the piece.  On a sunny day, a moving shadow will play around the sculpture throughout the day.  There is a lot to be noticed and discovered.  Please take the time and enjoy this unique opportunity to admire and interact with the sculptures during nature’s quiet time.

Created by artist Antje Roitzsch, the sculptures have been on display at Merryspring since last summer. “Spiral dance” poses in front of the Ross Center; “Balance and Swing” sits on the boulder in the back of the building.  “New Leaf” stands in the rock garden; “Harmony” spreads out in the herb garden; and “Uprising” takes center stage in the lawn behind the lilies. “Flowering” shoots up in the children’s garden; and “Spiraling” hangs in the locust tree in front of the hexagon. Each sculpture goes well in its specific surroundings, as if it belongs there.

And that could happen, if you or other members wish to purchase a piece for Merryspring.  “Keeping in Motion,” which was in the hexagon, has already left the exhibit and will soon be hanging at the Rockland Library.  The artist’s goal for these sculptures is to have them continue bringing joy to people and to be accessible to the public.  However, if someone falls in love with a piece and decides to purchase it, a portion of the sales price would be given to Merryspring as a donation.

In addition, beginning in the spring, the pieces may be rented, either through the summer or for the whole year.  The artist also is available to come to your property and site the sculpture to assist in optimal display.  Rental fees start from $30.00 per month, with a six-month minimum. You may try out a sculpture before you buy it with a “rent to buy option.” For more details,please call Antje at 542-4285 or e-mail her at info@visualartsmaine.com.

If you would like to know more about the background of the Art, Nature and Design Exhibit with beautiful photographs of each sculpture, a book is available at http://www.blurb.com Search for the title of the book: Art, Nature and Design. Action shots of the metal bending process are included.

Sculpture journal 2/ 26/10

I just finished “Wintersleep” the sculpture in hydrocal.  I still need to take nice pictures, but I brought it to a gallery for a show.  So it has to wait.

I learned that I need to keep the sculpture wetter before adding another layer.  Although the different color layers look like very organic stone.  As finish I used encostic.  It worked great.  I had the sculpture on the woodstove getting nice an warm and the encostic just melted on and in the pores.  A hairdryer worked to give extra heat.  It feels like a very nice finish.

"Wintersleep"

Sculpture Journal 1/20/10

Here is another sculpture illuminated.  It will hang on the wall or is freestanding.  The freestanding version creates really nice shadows.

illuminated with candle light. It creates really nice shadows