Here are some images of a karella and sweet potato cast in latex and hair. They remind me of a toy I had as a child. The toy was a fluffy pink creature, it had a large loop for a torso which you could stick your hand through. At the end of its tail was a spiky spherical comb. On the top of its head was a single lock of hair.
I am thinking of creating a series of sculptural portraits. I have been asking people I know to donate hair clippings and other discarded body substances. Using these as a starting point I plan to make sculptures, considering shapes, textures and colours I associate with the donor. This is quite a new way of working for me. Before now I have not felt very motivated to make work about particular individuals or human personality traits. Maybe it is because I am going away for 5 months.
Here are some mid-way images of cast blackberries in blood and latex. When finished the berries should look at their optimum peak of ripeness and nutritional value.
Here are images of an installation made in 2009 . The piece has been exhibited at Kraak Gallery and at Salford University. I am planning a performance in which the piece will be burnt.
red velvet, thorned branches, wood, blackout material, chicken wire
3 m in height, 3 x 2.25 m in width
Here are images of the latest fruits I have cast in menstruation blood and latex. As I spoke about in an earlier post I am planning to arrange the objects into a vanitas style still life sculpture. I am also trying out various compositions of fruits with wasps and other insects.
The pieces have been left to oxidise for several days and the greeninsh colour has remained. I think I have mixed too much latex with the blood for the objects to turn black.
Here is some information about the routine I use for converting plaster, water, CO2 and a balloon and into a hollow plaster ball. Mix plaster and water. Put that substance into a balloon. Put CO2 into that balloon. The CO2 forces the plaster onto the outside of the inside of the balloon. Spit. Rotate the balloon untill it begins to evenly distribute and set. Hang the balloon and leave to dry. When the plaster is dry remove the balloon.