Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pierced and Tattooed Rats; first attempt.



























The self-righteous and the prowler. Slip cast and bisquit fired to 900 Celcius. Painted with Amaco velvet  underglaze colours and fired to 1220 Celcius.



























The prowler (front view). Slip cast and bisquit fired to 900 Celcius. Painted with Amaco velvet underglaze colours and fired to 1220 Celcius.


























The evangelist and the pervert. Slip cast and bisquit fired to 900 Celcius. Painted with Amaco velvet underglaze colours and fired to 1220 Celcius.

 



























active-passive /action-passion. Group of pierced and tattooed rats scheduled for an exhibition, titled Art with a Pulse in England -details to follow.

 




















Slipcast Rats with piercings ready for painting.

Moulds for the piercings below.


Modelling the piercings with C Clay (neck above and tail below). C Clay is purchased from Advanced Materials Technology in South Africa - It softens with heat. I use  two a spotlights. One directed at a deposit of C Clay, to keep it in a semi-molten state (not to soft and too hot - just  the right consistency to work with. The other spot light provide general heat; directed at the prototype - that I am modeling. It ensures that the prototype remains a workable state - the clay that is (slightly softened). Holding the prototype in your hand also retains the general heat and ensures the right consistency of the clay is maintained throughout the modeling phase.

1 comment:

jimgottuso said...

hi eugene, love the pierced rats... when i first glanced at the picture i supposed that you merely added the gather of skin after casting with the previous mold and was pleasantly surprised to see an entirely new mold with the gather modeled on the original. i've never hear of C clay but it sounds very interesting to work with, demanding patience it seems. i also see those dental tools in the photo that bring back memories of graduate school working on other peoples' waxes for bronze casting. my former expertise a distant memory. beautiful drawings as always in the next post for "riding high" and the other 4 in the series. i'm always amazed at the follow through and how faithful the execution of the piece is. beautiful work!