Casting, materials on the quest of understanding form

Casting, materials on the quest of understanding form

24.10.2013, cast with care, canal, Stanton Saint Bernard

24.10.2013, Cast with Care, Canal, Stanton Saint Bernard

Pressing clay into the segments that I used as wall rubbings yesterday, followed by a day of casting. The wall segments are suddenly something different all together, being able to observe the folds and cracks in the cast is like stepping away from the walls and coming closer all at once through a objective material, neutral viewing and then the introduction of new materials, for instinctive reasons, later understood.

24.10.2013, casting the outer pill box wall segment, Stanton Saint Bernard

24.10.2013, casting the outer pill box wall segment, Stanton Saint Bernard

There is a vocabulary a language of material and form, the combinations can evoke many layers and even though there are qualities that can be superficially experienced….warm, cold, old, young, shiny, dark, the combination of materials and how it can enhance the experience of form is what I am interested in.

24.10.2013, casts of the pill box outside wall segment, The Sheds

24.10.2013, Casts of the pill box outside wall segment, The Sheds

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Form 3

Form 3

The fourth model has changed considerably since I started it on sunday. The thought of having a transient almost disintegrating form has moved on to a inside out form that displays internal and external it is more complex then the previous models.

Clay model 4, detail, April 2013

Clay model 4, detail, April 2013

In my mind this model works well in combination with the others. The next step will be to make moulds of the clay models and to cast them in different materials. How much these models will be represented in the stone carving I am going to start on next week?….a flavour will remain I am sure.

1-2-3-4 clay models in final stage, April 2013

1-2-3-4 clay models in final stage, April 2013

Tomorrow is a big day, I am going to travel down to Cornwall with my friend Lar to pick up some big stones…I am very excited!

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Casting beeswax

Casting beeswax

At times it is difficult to make connections between the different explorations but knowing that life itself moves in anything but a straight line I go along with where my nose takes me….thanks to my colleague and friend Anna Usborne I have been able to explore the first steps of mould making and casting. A totally new process to me and so different from carving in stone, naturally drawn to opposite materials and processes, I am intrigued. Form found in solid cold hard mass verses hot liquid poured into a form to recreate a shape. The first cast in beeswax of a pebble moved me as the pure form of the stone was apparent but the “stone” that I removed from the mould was warm, smells delicious and is light in weigth.

Casting beeswax, April 2013

Casting beeswax, April 2013

I quickly moved on to making moulds of random objects and obsessively casting them. I am not sure how relevant they are to me at this moment but I am going to continue getting to know this new technique.

Casting beeswax, detail

Casting beeswax, detail

Casting beeswax, detail

Casting beeswax, detail

 

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