Yes, I got selected, well “Firenze” did.
Thank-you to Jo for delivering the piece, Charles for the plinth, Axel for the photos, the Bradshaw bursary for getting me to Florence and the lovely people at Alchimia for their mentoring.
It’s a small sculptural piece in brass, copper and silver solder with heat oxidisation inspired by the architecture of the Oltrarno, Florence.
Excited, I’ve been pre-selected for the RSA Open 2017 with this piece, Firenze, that I developed at Alchimia in Florence when on the Bradshaw travel bursary. I hope that it makes it through to final selection. I need to get on and finish it…
The bronze tripod bowl in the picture left the Mall Galleries for a new home.
Taking with it the patina from Scottish sea water and this seaweed.
And maybe some grains of sand from the cleaning process.
I spent week 3 taking a third off the closed form and closing it, taking a third off the remaining two thirds and closing that until I ran out of time.
The piece became several pieces each was great to hold and could be fitted back together as a 3d puzzle.
The surfaces took different colours, the solder flooded the joints and each piece had different small openings to look through. Like the streets there was an historic outside and a glimpse of the inside, a suggestion of many lives enclosed.
As I made new thirds I became short of material and had to patch the brass and piece in some copper.
Doris was not able to give a final crit, but I was pleased with how my aesthetic came through strongly, how each piece is so tactile and how the object was inspired by Florence.
I discussed with Elisa and Marcia how a series of brooches might be made from the piece and also maybe replicating an inside piece in silver.
I was pleased with what I achieved and can see the approach being hugely useful in my work.
Doris Maninger reviewed my work on Day 7 and I moved into using metal, choosing a 3d shape and recreating it as a hollow brass form.
On the Friday (day 10) she suggested that I close the form and apply a ‘framing’ rule such as repeatedly halving the piece.
So on Day 11 (yes i was there for 3 weeks) I started this, but taking a third off each time.
These photos show the closed form. This gave me the feel of exclusion and being on the street outside, with something different inside. I also pieced the metal to give the idea of history – making do, patching up, using what’s to hand. I let the brass oxidise as I went also (which was a technical challenge, but left great colours)
I continued with the resin and the foam. I had some disasters (too much hardener):-
and too little hardener (parts are sort of bendy):-
and some more door designs
The foam is melted away with acetone, leaving interesting ‘insides’ – the courtyards and corridors that are behind the street doors:-
Some texture work to capture the aged walls and surfaces:
and creating metal frames/courtyards, with resin hollow forms inside:-
This last is a resin ‘pool’ from foam, with a metal piece in it sanded back.