Links to :
London Bronze Casting Ingot Prize winners 2015
A page about my sculpture for the Ingot Prize
Power & Grace (Gym Rings) detail
bronze, black granite
157cm x 20cm x 20cm
to be exhibited at Bowman Sculpture, London 18th July-29th July 2016
Body Sculpture Project – Becoming Boudicca
Muscles becoming like steel
Leaner, power ratio high
Embodied body, curls, turns
Music drawing the frame
Inside surges and takes flight
Power and grace becoming
Way back Boudicca fought
As fragments slowly shift
Faster than continental plates
With monumental effort and push
Moulding the incompleteness
Still leaving shapes, gaps to intrigue
Through which the gold is glimpsed
As it shines, striving to break free
16th October 2015
Body moulding began at London Bronze Casting, in Bermondsey, London, on 10th October. Working with technicians, Tom & Derek from London Bronze Casting, along with Tom Needham (sculptor). The first mould was of part of my forearm, wrist and hand holding onto a gym ring. We made this mould as a trial run, to see how the process worked and to take a look at how the mould looked in terms of detail.
Alginate was applied, then Mud Rock. Once it had set the mould was cut off using a metal blade. I had explored the properties of the alginate and needed to watch for colour change from pink to white and to feel on the skin for a particular alteration in the consistency of the alginate. Once the right sensation was there I introduced tension to the pose.
Tom making a wax mould from the alginate, trial mould.
Wax meets flesh.
Once we had seen the process through and that the tension registered well, the work began on the larger, body moulds for the sculpture. Having trained hard to hold tension for over three minutes, using weight to intensify the strength build up, which was an ample length of time for the alginate to go off; the process for a body mould from starting to apply the alginate to cutting me free of the mould, was around an hour. Endurance became fused into the moulds. The idea evolved through process…
Just about to remove the wax mould from Body Cast 2 (detail)
End of September 2015
Having been awarded the first Ingot prize, along with Harry & Jim; work has begun. I have had my first meeting up at The London Bronze Casting studio. Training is intense, diet is clean and experimentations with wax are the focus currently.
Body moulding commences 10th October…
See also a blog link…