The latest plaster bust to join my collection, La Cavaliere is so named after the mini-horse perched on her left shoulder.
(Link to the whole collection)
In developing the collection I've been looking at 18th & 19th century portrait busts and figurative sculpture, carrying out research in the sculpture galleries of the Victoria & Albert museum, London and the Louvre, Paris. Above all I'm interested in the way fabrics and other soft, fluid materials are represented in a sculptural language in hard, solid materials like stone and plaster
Approaching the making of figurative sculpture in a very different way, my busts are created by direct casting from real-life materials. Above, making a silicone mould of my original sculpture in order to produce a plaster cast.
The hats are complete concoctions although inspired by historical costume. This turned out to have a rather Italian medieval look I thought.
I'm not quite sure how I came up with the horse idea - some objects just seem to jump out at me when I'm rifling through boxes of junk here and there.
This is the 7th bust in the collection and I'm gradually introducing more movement and fluidity into the clothing - looking to re-create the folds and drapes of classical sculpture.
I was pleased with how this bunch of flowers came out - the original I cast from was a 'bouquet' of pale green silk flowers bought at an amazing haberdasher's in Montmartre, Paris. (Talking of the merciers and passimentiers of Paris, watch this space for a brand new collection - soon to be launched - which is a collaboration with the wonderful Di Overton, empress blogger of Designer's Block and creator of Ghost Furniture!!!!)
As with my Concrete Figurine collection I purposefully cast the busts quite roughly and keep the mould seam evident, continuing to borrow the language of industrially cast structures.
A very bizarre view of the back of the hat!
Just out of the mould.
An army of plaster busts, lurking in the corner of my studio!
In my next post I will tell some of the back-story behind these sculptures.
You may also like other posts on this collection:
Making plaster busts
More plaster busts