Plaster Casting

I really enjoyed today, not only was it productive but also a chilled out atmosphere along with “that Friday feeling”. From 10 til 5, I spent my day in the plaster room with Martin, Bella -my fellow ceramics friends- and Pauline, the plaster room technician. You may ask, why did I manage to use that much time up in the plaster room?
Well, the one thing I’ve learnt today is that 1. I never need to worry about dressing up for Uni as I always get so dusty from clay or plaster! And 2. Plaster casting is a lengthy process and if you want good results, you have to be finicky. I must say, I am pleased with the results. I couldn’t find anything in my room to cast, so I used my broken padlock. It’s a little one so the actual mould I created is very small…Take a look!

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Post Perspective

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These are my notes from my first constellation lecture from Dr John Clarkson; about Post-Perspective. Perspective isn’t a subject I have looked into, so he had some interesting ideas to communicate.

There are three types of perspective:
Multiplying of Views and Viewpoints
Non Human Viewpoints
Doubling and Repetition

I immediately connected with Marilene Olivers work when Dr Clarkson moved slides, revealing a photo of sections of glass- each illustrated with a segment of a child’s body- layered to create a 3D image. It took me back to a few years ago when I was stood in the Ashmolean researching Egyptian Mummification. The 3D image of a child is actually layers of a CT scan taken from a mummified Egyptian boy. From one angle, the body appears completely 3D, but look at it from a different perspective, and the whole ‘facade’ is lost. It becomes a blur of lines.
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I’m not hugely into photography but Clive Head has a way of manipulating imagery which is so subtle, one can’t think whats different from a photograph of the “real thing”. But I found myself looking at the picture more. It’s as if he’s captured the essence of what the human eye records, how we see the world in our mind… stretching out to the peripheral vision.
Head’s Leicester Square is the artwork Dr Clarkson used to show this. Head takes a mundane everyday experience and makes it more aesthetically pleasing to witness.
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Since I have recently taken interest in hyper realism within sculpture, I found Vija Celmin’s work intriguing… She recreates found objects out of an entirely different material but the result looks the same as the original object. It’s a replica. I really admire the talent some artists possess in making something so realistic… It’s a skill I am challenging myself to do.
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