I can’t believe the Grad show was 4 months ago. It was an incredibly exciting night, with hundreds of people at the exhibitions and in the studio. I had 2 bronzes selected for the (main) Hoff Gallery and two of my wire drawings were selected for the Drawing exhibition. This was in addition to the rest of my work that was exhibited in our sculpture studio, which was converted to a gallery for the show.
I worked in quite a few media during the year. All of my sculpting was in clay, but the main focus of my year was learning the lost wax bronze casting method, both at NAS, where I cast three bronze pieces, and with the help of a two foundries who cast another three bronzes. I also cast these works in plaster; a few other works that I cast in plaster have not made it into bronze (yet)!
I was lucky enough to spend a week at ANU in Canberra, in their fantastic glass department, where I learned how to cast small works in glass. I had wanted to cast one of my busts in glass, but it turns out that that would have been an incredibly complex and time-consuming process, so small pieces it was. I cast part of Dave 1’s face in lead crystal, and incorporated it into a bronze head (see Glass-eye Dave) which I thought was quite successful. I also made a few other small pieces, including the two lead crystal sandblasted torsos.
Drawing in wire is something I experimented with throughout my degree. I grew up in Zimbabwe, and loved the wire toys and ornate constructions that local artists made and sold on the side of the road. I have no doubt these memories are behind my fascination with this medium. At the Grad Show, all of my wire drawings sold, which was very exciting. I am currently really enjoying my 3-d pen, which allows me to draw in space, with plastic filament.