Display ideas

Originally, I was interested in displaying my sculpture on the floor amongst visible signs of decay, in order to add to the aesthetic and atmosphere of the piece. I was influenced by images I found of the decomposition stains humans and animals leave on the floor when they die. The idea was to create a decomposition stain for the creature to whom the hand belonged.

However, I  decided against this, as one of the main concepts behind the creature was that it was impossible and incomprehensible, with no set shape. How would I create a stain to fit the shape of a creature that has no shape?

I then thought about how contrast would affect the aesthetic. The sculpture itself is solid, matte, and black. Therefore, the opposite of that woud be a puddle white liquid of some sort. I enjoyed the idea that this would make the sculpture look somewhat sickly and vaguely more unnerving. The audience could interpret the fluid to be either blood, milk, some sort of spilt preservative (possibly similar to that used by Damien Hirst). Something either biological or medical.
I order to execute this, I plan to whisk a small amount of white oil paint into vegetable oil. This will mean that the puddle will not dry out for a significant amount of time.



egon schiele – hands

Once again, I return to the work of Egon Schiele as a point of reference. More specifically, the humam hands infamously depicted in his figurative work.
The elongatd fingers, bruised and sore knuckles, and overly pronounced bone structure of the hands evokes a feeling of curiosity for anatomy, and an appreciation for the subtle curves of biomechanics; something I am also aiming to express in my own work.

Image shown;’ Portrait of Erin von Graff’
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Having gathered more bones, (this time boiling them using washing powder), I have coated them all with PVA glue and nail varnish in order to seal them, and hopefully make them safe to use. I was torn between giving them a matte finish and an oily finish – I eventually decided on matte, as I wanted to add subtlety to the natural intricacies in the bone; therefore drawing the viewer in to see them properly.