This week, I finally had the time to test out some of the ideas I've been pondering for several weeks - can I heat acrylic so that it takes the shape of the folded surface, and how thick can the acrylic be? What will create a more interesting contrast with concrete; opaque or transparent acrylic? Will the vacuum forming machine be able to cope with the depth of a cube and how much surface detail will it hold? If I add lines of strata to the vertical surfaces of my cubes will they 'fight with' and detract from the upper folded surface, or compliment it? If I use Stuart Semple's Black 3.0 on a plaster cube will the vertical sides disappear and the surface appear to 'float'?
The results of all these tests were mixed, some unsuccessful, some unexpected and one was far too successful (the vacuum machine). Posed questions were often answered in an unexpected way or created results that led my thoughts off in new and unexpected directions.
It was transition week for my sculptural porcelain - moving from the 'Shades of Clay' exhibition at the Kunsthuis Gallery to the new hanging at the Village Gallery in York.
In preparation for the Village Gallery, I had created new pieces of work that needed framing or bases making, but the unexpected, and very pleasing news, that the Kunsthuis Gallery wanted to continue displaying my artwork beyond the end of the exhibition, meant I was faced with a mad rush to create more new work (which would also need framing).
Consequently, last week I made, from scratch, eleven floating shadow frames, ebonised bases for three sculptures, developed a new colour palette and made three new pieces of work. It took several 10 hour days, a lot of wood and my taking over the Mixed Media Room at College for a framing production line. By the end of the week I had an aching back, aching legs and some lovely new work to drop off with Simon at the Village Gallery. The work will be on display in the gallery from 28 January, please call in and have a look.
I'm really grateful to the staff at York College for letting me take over the room. I honestly don't think I could have managed it on my kitchen tale, without several meltdowns.
Because of the rush, I didn't get time to take the greatest of photos, but you can see sculptural wall pieces, the new pastel blues, deeper richer blues, a surprise development into strong orange, brown and yellow and a shelf-sized, scaled down version of my final degree show cubes, showing surface distortion in concrete.