Category Archives: Sculpting Progress

Progess updates of what I’m working on now

Puja HB

It feels like puja season, and the Summer’s Horse Bodhisattva shrine is over. Presenting the movie-ette version.

Try to put a sculpture into a media-rich environment like Instagram, and you quickly see the use of series, video, storytelling, and music, it enlivens the subject. The Art becomes a character in the center of a potentially star-building narrative system.

I create actual stuff, things, objects. I act with things in my environment; tools, studio, garden, home. I’ll continue to, because that what living is to me. Meanwhile, I don’t know what to do about the rich-media online environment. I like dipping into it, making a few comments, but I don’t really need it for anything, and it is a lot of work to maintain it well. It is ultimately about finding a place that can fully support all your madness, delusions, and hallucinations.

Bee, season 1 credits

How to explain the Bee, is, many media influences together, without more connection than happens in a person’s (mine) Mind. A continuous surf session on the phone while laying on the couch during Covid-19. Here are the elements and their sources, listed:

Lucy Price, and Megan Slattery, for motivational self inspiration.
Emma Pryde, for Glory Kitsch
Alexa Lee, the Bee Gardener
Racheal Bunting, for unlimiting exaggeration and metaphor
K Drama, for rich soup narratives and graphic design
WebToons, for serial stories
Emma Rodseth, for noticing everything, and bee Poet.
Afreeca.com, for livestreaming
The Hangers, for understanding and encouragement.
Peter Sparling, for A Month of Goldbergs

All my work now has a strong narrative content. I imagine and get to use more cultural connections than when I was an austere minimalist, as I was years ago. Of course, all-hail materials and process, but I want to fool around more now.

When trying to put a sculpture into a media-rich environment like Instagram, and you quickly see the use of series, video, storytelling, and music, it enlivens the subject matter. The art becomes the character in the center of a potentially star-building narrative system.

I create actual stuff, things, objects. I act with things in my environment, tools, studio, garden, home. I’ll continue to, because that what living is to me. Meanwhile, I don’t know what to do about the rich-media online environment. I like dipping into it, making a few comments, but I don’t really need it for anything, and it is a lot of work to maintain it well. For Documentation of Record, this blog here is a much better medium overall. It is all ultimately about finding a spot that can fully support all your madness, delusion and hallucination.

Bee Ep.03

*Bee Ep.03* He is a motivated gatherer, but also a share-er; bringing in much more than he can use alone and for himself.

Bee, 2020, Glo-in-Dark Fimo clay and toy mini-drone. 5″x3″x3″.

All my work now has strong narrative content. I imagine and get to use more cultural connections than when I was an austere minimalist, as I was. Of course, all-hail materials and process, but I want to fool around more now.

shrine-building

Now, Creating a place to live, for the Horse-Bodhisattva, a shine in the World. Out of the shiny bits and odd ends of what I have around, for fun and play. I feel like time is standing still – the aura of equanimity and composure radiates outwards from this sculpture into the whole world, now.

Now… so the word “now” is the word now.  I’m spending a lot of time in my studio (now), it is so nice to have a real place to be (now), not a virtual place at all. Still, Happy to connect with you, dear viewer, anywhere or time (now, or later).

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Turquoise haze presentable

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.

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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

lotus flower

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.

foam progression

Having built-up enough volume of foam over the month, I’m ready to start carving back, and get some shape happening. I can see this will take a while. It’s good though to feel the materials and have the pleasure of working them with hands-on and tools. This is, after all, the good part.

For a minute I’d optimistically thought I was half-way on this: that I’d move onto the larger final version sooner. But  now I want to take the time to enjoy working on this; what I’d been thinking of as the model, taking on an outcome of it’s own, and experimenting with form, contours, and especially surface details. Can I do both at once? Ooooh…?? I should work out the surface detail now, before I have to do it on the large final version. If I were smart about it. But I’m not. I’m careless , and frivolous, and it appears, unconcerned with technique and process.