I seem to be on a roll with my plaster busts at the moment with lots of ideas for new ones and just the long-winded process of making them lagging behind my imagination. Anyway, here's introducing Maestro - I think she was a top violinist in an obscure eastern European orchestra - with a penchant for African neck coils!
This shows the silicone mould being peeled back from the plaster cast - it's weird to see negative and positive versions of the face at the same time.
The first coat of silicone poured over my original sculpture - created as always from real materials and objects.
The violin is balancing on a model pear - I love the shape of pears, so three-dimensional and better than apples or oranges because asymmetric in form.
The scary moment of peeling back the silicone from the first cast! Luckily it worked out fine, my mould-making skills have improved a lot since I first started this collection a couple of years ago. All trial and error!
I'm trying out some new styling ideas when I photograph the busts. In this shoot I included just low-key objects and materials - folded newspaper, a black plastic bag and the bucket I use for left over dried plaster. I want the busts to look weird and contemporary so am experimenting with more unusual contexts. If you have a crazy idea for settings please comment!!!
I'm really in to these fan shapes at the moment - I like the crispness and rythmn. More coming soon...........
Massive thanks to the wonderful Adelina for arranging and uploading this post!! Regulars to my blog will know she interned for me for well over a year while she was at art college in England. She's now back in Romania and has just landed her first job in the design world (I knew it wouldn't take her long!) but she's very kindly volunteered to keep handling all the images in my posts and she is SO MUCH better than me at making visual stories from the picutres so I am very grateful. Thanks Adelina!!
p.s. - she's got a post up at the moment of shots she'd taken in my studio - really interesting to see it through someone else's camera lense.