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Mar 28 2010

Performance Art in Auckland

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I went up to Auckland with the class and decided to do some performing art.  I dressed as a bag lady and spent a couple of hours on the street scavenging and trying to make a connection with other people.  One thing that surprised me was the ease at which I was able to walk down the footpath.  Everyone gave me a wide berth…lol… There was no stepping aside to let some one pass for me.  A small positive in a morning of being ignored or stared at.   Well here it is.

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Mar 21 2010

The eyes have it!!

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Caption: The Eyes Have It

Well had some great fun today. Spent the morning making some land art at a local art day.

The Te Puna Quarry Park in conjunction with Environment BOP put on a funky junk  and environmental art day.  They were looking for art made out of recycled materials as well as environmental art.  There were some very clever and inspiring creations in the recycled funky junk section.  I had entered my “Bent Key” and achieved first place in the Creativity section.  So that was great.  I won $100.00.  That will help with the cost of some of the materials for school. Heres a photo:

Caption: Bent Key, recycled keys off computer keyboard

I had the most fun with the environmental or land art.  I used old dead punga fonds for the outline of the eyes and leaves for the pupils.  Filled in the white with some white carded wool that I had for another installation that I will be doing for school at the end of the term.  Only now Ill have to spend a bit of time getting the leaves and sticks out of the wool. LOL.

Caption: Close up of eyes.

Caption: Eyes from the side

Caption: Overview from above

It was a great day.  I think I would like to do some more land art.  :)

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Mar 11 2010

Finally Finished Head

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Well here are a couple of photos of my head all finished.  Not too bad for my first one.  One side of the face looks a bit droopy, but hey,maybe he was drunk ….lol..  The mouth needs some work, but Ive mucked around on this for too long as it is, need to just get it finished.

Caption: Finished Greenware Head I

And here it is from the other side:

Finished Greenware Head II

Caption: Finished Greenware Head II

Just got to put it through for a bisque and then a stoneware firing and hope it doesn’t blow up. LOL.

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Feb 16 2010


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Its great being back at school.  We have been learning about sculpting busts over the last two days.  I have found it … Frustrating, fun, absorbing, theaputic, soothing, exiting, wonder making (ie wonder what it will look like if I do this….LOL..)  Any how here are some shots of my work in progress.

Caption: Covering the armature with wet clay

First we made an armature out of a wood post screwed upright onto a square base board.  We covered it with a large paper ball on top of the post.  The paper had to be packed together to make a solid base to put the clay on.  Plastic is pulled tight over the ball and down the post with tape.  This is so the head can be removed easily and also so the clay doesn’t stick. We then built up the Southern Stoneware clay over the top, by attaching it a small piece at a time.  The Clay comes from the south island.  Our tutor likes to use local clay, not imported clay.  Hey makes sense to me.

We needed to get the coverage fairly thick to enable plenty of depth to carve features out later and yet not too thick or the clay would sag and/or make more work later when we hollow out the head from the inside.  As we attached the wet clay a piece at a time we attempted to get a general head shape.

Caption: Side view of bust, first stage

As you can see however the jaw line was not defined enough and the whole face slopes outwards on an angle at the bottom of the jawline.   So with a push here and a cut there I managed to remove quite a bit of the jaw underneath and add more on the side to give him a better jaw line.  I also made the face more perpendicular by cutting straight down from the forehead.

Caption: Marking out the facial features, stage 2.

The next stage was to mark out where the eyes, nose and mouth would go.  The jaw line needed looking at again and I think I placed the eyes too high bringing up the rest of the face too high as well.  So I added the features down some what.   I think now that I should have moved them down even further.

Putting on the facial features, stage 3, side view.

Caption: Putting on the facial features, stage 3 side view.

I.didn’t bother to try and make it look like anyone specific, it was hard enough doing the proportions.   AND THE EARS…. god they are the hardest….  Ill have to do some drawings of ears to get a better handle on how they are constructed.

Caption: Putting on the facial features, stage 3 side view.

The next thing we have to do is cut the bust in half and remove the armature.  Whoppee what fun… LOL.   Ill have a go at that tomorrow.

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Jan 22 2010

The AMP Show

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Heres a photo of my recycled computer egg sitting amongst all the other offerings up for prizes.  It looked real funny up on a table.  Usually its better sited on the floor but there was very little room so they put it up on a table at the back behind all the other stuff.   It doesn’t look very Egg like from the angle I took the photo.  I took some other shots from a different angle but they didn’t come out.  Damn

I also entered my “T Pot” for a bit of fun.   The biggest hoot of all is that Im pretty sure no other entries were made in my two classes: “recycled article” and “ceramic article”  so I think I could be in with Flynn as they say… Ill be racking in a fortune…$5.00 first prize per class…. a whole amazing $10.00.  LOL…..  And all because I out fabricated the competition….NOT… ha ha.

Caption Eggsatic AMP Competition

I really liked the quilt someone had done, it was beautiful…there was years worth of work in that one.

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