We’re about to learn what we really need to live a good life. Pandemic panic will evaporate the obscuring haze. All those classes, sporting events, movies, performances, restaurants, art exhibits, none were necessary enough to go to. We can retreat to the virtual communities where we are completely surveilled.
I’m not very bright. It takes a long time for me to figure out even obvious things. Like, a strategy for surface finish and adornment of this sculpture.
I had been settled on a base of color, layered with patterns, textures, and ornament, and more colors of Gold and Rose. But now I know I will create these qualities out of real objects, flowers, fabrics, beads, jewels, and stars; real things, as befits sculpture. Resist pictorial illusion.
Here’s revealed the atmosphere vibe of the completion of this.
Ornament: Flowers, beads, jewels, fabric, crystal, gold leaf
Pattern: geometric, Joseon textiles, paisley
Texture: shiny, soft, clear, glassy, fuzzy, velvet
Color: Turquoise Blue, Gold, and Rose
I made a lotus flower base for the Blue Pearl Bodhisattva (Horse Buddha) to sit upon. Details take a lot of work, although they aren’t significant, it still matters to do them. Bases are important of course. So is time-consuming to video like this. Also showing some techniques of working with foam and papier-mâché.
… social media, designed to draw off our surplus creativity in the same fashion as capitalism draws off our surplus labor’s value.
… every image and post, while promoting ourselves and creative products, also enriches the media platform where they are seen.
… we lose our hours and uniqueness, to be seen, at the price of commission paid to the media companies; our creative value-product itself.
A new title occurs for this sculpture. The Blue Pearl Bodhisattva.
This Horse isn’t a Deity or a Buddha, but remains mortal on Earth to give help to all who suffer.
Meanwhile, I’m heavily influenced by some Chinese rural handicraft and cooking videos… technique of paper mache.
Covering the whole surface with colored construction-paper papermaché. The use of children’s art materials doesn’t only open memories of child-like processes; Children’s art supplies are extremely easy to use, give good results, are forgiving, dry quickly, and are non-toxic. Really, they are advanced. The various colors remind how many layers of paper have gone on too. The surface finish on this is very solid now; I’m both please with the design and the manufacture of it. I like the texture the squares of paper make; its very textile I think. Ultimately I ought to paint it over one color to make it waterproof; perhaps a light light blue, over a pale rose…. with some gold dust highlights… meanwhile it is really nice to be working in all this color!