Figurative Sculpture: Exploring Nontraditional Materials to Create a Visual Story
Transforming the surface of an object can powerfully change that object’s meaning, allowing the external to suggest an internal state of being. For this workshop you will start by sculpting, using non-hardening clay, a very basic form of a life size head, (skull, eyes, nose mouth, neck—no sculpting experience necessary). The transformation and storytelling begins as you cover the form of the head with materials that are personal ie: natural materials, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, vegetable skins, hardware, studio supplies. The materials can be anything at all as long as they can be ripped, bent, cut or torn, manipulated in some way to place on the surface of the bust, creating a narrative. We will look at examples of artists using non-traditional materials and you will be encouraged to collect materials that can be combined in unexpected ways to suggest history, humor, emotion, memory, etc. I will encourage you to fully cover the face and to continue to transform the surface throughout the week. We will be discussing each other’s work as the pieces develop. This class is meant to be experimental, a step towards a larger exploration of expressive materials.
Kate Clark is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited in museum shows at the Aldrich Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, Mobile Museum, Frist Center, Glenbow Museum, Musee de la Halle Saint Pierre, Nevada Museum, Newcomb Museum, Hilliard Museum, Biggs Museum, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, J. Paul Getty Museum and many others.