Today I took some photographs of my newly completed art doll sculpture titled Current Drift.
This figure sculpture is another piece that will be at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts starting May 25th.
Making This Art Doll
This piece did not begin as a preconceived sketch, but with a simple decision being made while in the metal studio creating hands and face. That choice was to leave her eyes closed. As I took the polishing buff to the blackened and hammered piece of copper a very peaceful visage emerged. The question then arose as what this figure was enjoying. Was she listening to beautiful music, basking in the warmth of the sun, or perhaps even a fairy tail princess awaiting an awakening kiss? In the end, I thought she’d enjoy a gentile ride.
Though not intentional, I feel that she fits in with my earlier pieces Driving in Reverse, and Future Thoughts. Like those two earlier figures, this doll seems to be communicating something to the viewer. Also, as with those earlier art dolls, her title conveys both her action, and her attitude.
Photographing and Finishing
Taking images of Current Drift was an interesting challenge. Unlike a figure seated or standing, getting all the elements of this art doll in a single shot requires shooting from above. I find that when you do that the piece tends to seem flattened. It took quite a bit of camera angle and art doll repositioning until I landed on one that I thought worked as well as possible. Even with all that movement I haven’t settled if this piece is completely complete. I have been toying with the idea of imbedding the whole piece, art doll and boat, in a puddle of clear or slightly blue tinted resin. I guess you might just have to show up to the show to find out.