Project 8 – Appraisal of outcomes

Demonstration of technical and visual skills

Materials:

I had not deviated from the course this time and used plaster. The firewood used to impress the design works well.

Techniques:

Cutting the plaster blocks to fit them together was not easy and took a few attempts to get right. Getting it perfect would have been very difficult indeed, but I have embraced the imperfections of the joins.

Observational Skills:

The end result matched the initial idea I had in my first sketch.

Design and Compositional Skills:

The box shape works well stood on one of its corners and the wood impressions provide bold marks.

Quality of Outcome

I am pleased with this sculpture and it actually looks better than I was expecting it to look. The use of charcoal could have been experimented with a bit more, maybe rubbed into the whole sculpture then rubbed off the highlights?

Demonstration of Creativity

Due to the amount of time I have spent on bronze casting, I devoted less time to this project than to the previous one (although it still took a considerable amount of time – how anyone produces anything in the time stated in the course notes I have no idea!). This meant that I followed my early idea and didn’t work on developing it further. I think that was because I am less inspired by bas-relief than other sculptural forms.

Context

The thinking behind this sculpture was to represent mans need to control nature in the containing of irregular natural objects into a fixed regular container.

Comments

Bas-relief was interesting to experiment with, but it is probably not an area I think I will continue to work in.

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