2 Heads

Studio Views

RISD is on spring break this week, so I had all day today in the studio to get going on these paper mache tests. I decided that I wanted to go ahead and do 2 paper mache tests on the scale that I want to be working on.  So I went at it with chipboard and a glue gun and constructed two large heads on which I added one layer of paper towels and elmer’s glue. There was really no rhyme or reason to how I constructed the heads, I simply took strips of the chipboard and threw everything together.

Studio Views

I’ve also been picking at this paper mache head for quite some time now, experimenting with what kinds of details I can get in the form. I think I made progress with the lips today; they looked too stiff and rigid before and I think I got them to feel softer and looser. I also have to say that this test head has come a long way from when I started, and I’m glad to see that working reductively, while not easy, is definitely possible with this material. I guess I’m still waiting for that moment when I can say that I’ve “transcended” my material: I like the idea of taking a material that is stiff and hard and giving it a gestural, organic quality through the human form.  I want to have the ability to transform the rigidity of the material into something completely different.

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