Had a great summer visiting my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. I spent most of it in St. John's visiting friends and family, with a fabulous trip to the Bonavista Peninsula for the Bonavista Biennale. This is a multi-venue art exhibition and was well worth checking out.
I was particularly enamored with Barbara Daniell's sculptures and Will Gill's chair.
I also took part in a group show at Christina Parker Gallery called "Revisiting the Rural" where I showed six Newfoundland landscapes in ceramic and steel and a new bronze called Splitting Fish.
Fall is a time for new beginnings and I will be at my St. Catharines' studio experimenting with a few ideas until I decide on my next body of work. Have a great autumn!
Hi and Happy Summer. I will be in a group exhibition called Oh Canada, opening at Gallery on the Bay, 231 Bay St. N. Hamilton, ON this Friday, June 16 from 7 - 10. There will be 150 pieces all together (6 from me) representing all provinces and territories. The show runs for a month. Hope you can make it if you are in the area.
I have just finished a new wax and balsa piece in preparation for bronze casting. It represents a pair of older fishermen in Newfoundland and Labrador splitting and cleaning fish at a splitting table. The piece will be called Splitting Fish but I think of the characters as Slim and Shorty.
The process of making a bronze has many stages. First I make the elements in clay. Next I make molds (often in two or more pieces) of the clay pieces with a two part rubber (four coats) then make a plaster "mother mold" over the rubber to keep it from flopping. Then I pour melted wax into the mold and when set, remove the wax piece. I join the various pieces together with "sticky wax" and clean up the pieces by removing any flashing or flaws from the casting and filling bubble holes with wax. Finally it is ready for the foundry where they will make a mold around the wax, burn out the wax and pour molten bronze into the cavity of the mold. This is called the 'lost wax' process. In this case, I made the table from balsa wood as it was more structurally sound than making it with clay. The wood will also burn out of the mold at the foundry just like the wax. The mold is then broken away from the bronze piece and the bronze is cleaned up (again removing flashing etc.) and then coloured (patinated) with various chemicals and heat and finished with a buffed wax coating.
The photos show the finished wax and balsa piece, ready to go to the foundry.
I have also included a picture of my messy - no busy desk. Will post again when I have the finished bronze.
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The series of eight circus-like steel sculptures express the complexities of holding life in balance. Metaphorically, whether on a unicycle, a tall tipping chair or a person’s shoulders, we teeter in the boundaries between right and wrong, strength and tenderness, the stress of financial survival and the care of body and spirit. The nude figures show vulnerability. Each figure is on the verge of tipping and falling but through perseverance manage to hold on to their equilibrium. In spirit these sculptures are hopeful pieces. The works are sculpted from hammered and welded steel utilizing a torch, hammer and anvil, a MIG welder and a grinder. They appear rough and slightly elongated, with a suggestive nod to Giacometti.
Equilibrium is inspired by a personal search for balance infused by a sense of awe and terror for circus performers – amazed by their feats yet afraid for their safety. These pieces hold their ambiguity in being both precarious and playful.