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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Without pictures

Not that I didn’t want to put pictures in today, somehow I don’t seem to be able to upload them …qualities of materials and how they can change through the influence of temperature/time/pressure etc. Why am I drawn to some materials more than others? How can I use their qualities in my work?

Water can turn into ice over a period of time, the ice builds up and forms with gravity hanging forms. I see some of my carvings as fluid forms that have turned solid. Wax has much the same quality when it turns from liquid to solid but wax has such a different history and quality to water.Stone has gone through so many changes from liquid to solid. Cloth/string/leather a skin can be build over a form (Tottery patcher image to follow), stretching over a form showing tension and the underlying form in it’s purity, wrapping something over a form is like a ritual for me, being aware of pain and trying to bring some healing…

I am itching to get making, thoughts are flying around in my mind it is time to get them on paper and into the materials mentioned.

 

 

 

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Guiseppe Penone, Spazio di Luce

Guiseppe Penone’s piece Spazio di Luce (exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery/ London until 11.08.2013) triggered following thoughts..Penone  uses beeswax as a memory of action, touch of the workers that apply the wax is remembered in the marks of their fingerprints, he parallels the power of the touch with the power of water that sculpted a boulder  (exhibited with mirror boulder sculpted by Penone). He says about touch, “the first experience of a child is tactile, only later does a child interpret reality with sight.” In the exhibition guide mentioned is how Penone rejects the heroic attempt to overcome nature, the artist’s humility in his enthusiastic embrace of the uncertainty, malleability and instability that lies at the heart of the natural world is evident in his work. “Spazio di Luce” for me has many different aspects and I am only beginning to understand this piece of work, no doubt will I go back to visit it.

 

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Bees wax

Bees wax

During the last few days i started using a material new to me, bees wax …great stuff,it melts to liquid gold and sets in it’s rich amber glow. I am aiming to integrate local beeswax into the Cotswold stone and thanks to Jessie from the “Global bee project” I met Danny the beekeeper and he sorted me out with enough wax to play around with.

This post is dedicated to Sam who has been waiting patiently.

 

melting bees waxcotswold stone with bees wax

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