In the last few years I’ve been looking a lot at figurative sculpture – from the 19th century backwards – and one aspect which has really fascinated me is the way fabrics and organic materials were interpreted in stone or bronze or plaster. A fluid material such as silk, in reality full of life and movement, becomes solid and impassive when transformed into a dense, hard medium. When the sculptor was really talented the liveliness of the original still lives on though, and sometimes the realism is incredible.
I love tassels – in silk and in stone – and these are images of some I’ve photographed on church tombs. I’ve introduced tassels into my own work but instead of sculpting them have cast directly from them into plaster.
I cast from a real life silk tassel. It's indented to the surface.