A visit to the enlargers

Sculpture 'Emily' at stage 1 of the enlargement processI have just come back from Richard Clarke’s enlarging studios and we are making yet another of my works.  It is to be an enlargement and this is the first stage, where it is made in polyurethane foam.  Once the polyurethane is finished and perfected, it will be layered with fibreglass resin and then be coloured to resemble bronze.

Of course this could be used as a finished work, but I always cast my works in bronze and have never let a resin go from my studios.  In my view, however they may look when they are first finished, resins are not long lasting enough and will eventually deteriorate, although that might take many years.  And, although they look really pretty good, resin never has the finish or lustre/patination that a bronze acquires and which grows and enhances, year-on-year in a beautifully finished, cast work of art.

 

 

Here is ‘EMILY’ being enlarged as a work in progress.  Soon you will see the next stage in the making of this sculpture…

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