|Syrmaticus sapiens (detail)|
I knew that I wanted to do a bust, but I wasn't sure of what. I went to the antique store to find unique bases on which to mount this piece and another piece that I wanted to make. I found a wooden cactus sculpture carved onto a thick tree cross-section. The cactus sculpture was very sturdy and the rough bark of the base was super-cool so after I listened to it for a bit, I think the sculpture asked me to make a bird-man out of it. I covered the cactus with a ton of newspaper and masking tape and formed a head shape, then I applied gobs of papier mache all over it while leaving the tree bark exposed. While the head was drying, I had a conversation with myself about what to make the facial features out of. I (we) decided to use Creative Paperclay Modeling Material. After the face pieces were dry and primed, I attached them with glue and nails to the primed head. After staining and detailing the piece I gave it some final avian touches by attaching pheasant wings and pheasant feather eyebrows.
I usually am a person who requires a great deal of predictability in Real Life, but for some weird reason, I seem to thirst for "the quest"' when it comes to art projects. I think the point where I went from mostly painting to mostly sculpture corresponds directly to the point where I gave up playing World of Warcraft. To some degree we all desire a challenge. Without such a thing, we grow stagnant and covered in algae.
Today may you accept The Quest (however that may apply to you)! Just be mindful of the Murlocks...