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Botany Bay near Margate

Silvia Krupinska, Outdoor instalation at Botany Bay, England, 2012, Copyright S.Krupinska 2012

 

 

As Organicities approaches in 2 weeks I’m considering how to refresh the installation of my sculptures, especially those that are longing their “natural” environment. To be more specific, I’m talking about “From the Bottom of the Sea Sculptures“. To  make it feel more comfortable, and “like at home” I’m having a go at testing it’s unfinished cousin, plaster ball, immersed in water. There might be even special guests joining, it would be VIF to be precise. To find out more about them, pop in to Debut Contemporary on Saturday15th October 12-5. If you would like to read the press release click here, or for e-flyer click here.

Experiments with the installation of From the Bottom of the Sea Sculpture.

Testing of an unfinished plaster ball in water, is making me think that VIF guests will be coming in! You'll be sure to find out their names on 15.10.11, in Debut Contemporary.

Silvia Krupinska holding her From the Bottom of the Sea sculpture, Margate, 16.4.2011 01 Hi dear followers. I can’t wait to share these photos from yesterday’s trip to Margate. We went to see the opening of  Turner Contemporary Gallery, which turned out amazingly, but I wasn’t expecting anything else, as I’d been to preview the gallery some time ago. To top up and make the day even more useful, the car was loaded fully with not just our lunch, but my sculptures too. I brought Green and Red Moon Transition Sculptures and four From the Bottom of the Sea plaster sculptures to play with on the beach and make some sandy installations. I have a couple of videos from the day too. Please visit my youtube channel for a full selection. I hope you’ll enjoy looking at these temporary installations. Thanks. Silvia.

S. Krupinska, Green Moon Transition, Margate, 16.4.2011, 04S.Krupinska, From the Bottom of the Sea Sculpture, Margate, 16.4.2011, 02

S.Krupinska, Green Moon Transition sculpture, detail, Margate, 16.4.2011

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From muddy colour to white sealing coat and then to green, was my mission today. The sculpture isn’t completely done, but on the way.

S.Krupinska, Green Work in Progress 07, 11.3.2011

S.Krupinska, Green Work in Progress 07, 11.3.2011

S.Krupinska, Work in Progress, Before Painting 06.5, 11.3.2011

S.Krupinska, Work in Progress, Before Painting 06.5, 11.3.2011

Silvia Krupinska, Work in Progress for oneforone, March 2011

Silvia Krupinska, Work in Progress for oneforone, March 2011

 

S. Krupinska, Wall in my Studio, 10.3.2011

S. Krupinska, Wall in my Studio, 10.3.2011

Today, I’m asking my self a question as I put my head next to my freshly mudded 3D painting. How does it feel today? Let’s see, till the mud dries! The sea might settle by then. (personal note)

S.Krupinska, How Does It Feel Today? 02, 25.2.2011, Copyright 2011

S.Krupinska, How Does It Feel Today? 02, 25.2.2011, Copyright 2011

S.Krupinska, Work in Progress, before it dries. 25.02.2011, Copyright 2011

S.Krupinska, Work in Progress, before it dries. 25.02.2011, Copyright 2011

I love using fruits for my inspiration. I’ve used also pods, nut and seeds previously. What they all for me have in common, are their textures and colours. Something quite special, I could go on and on about it, instead I’ll indulge my self here with a photo. Enjoy!

Hi there. I’ll start to write about my From the Bottom of the Sea sculpture no. 6, and I’ll take you around the journey of sculpting processes in it.

What is it made from? Outdoor plaster, oil paint, and in the making process I used also plasticine. First of all I decided to go for outdoor plaster because previous works I produced, in the same medium seemed to work well for me, and sculpting out of the outdoor plaster was enjoyable. It was strong and wasn’t chipping and it allowed me a certain kind of freedom of decision. Taking a step back, another reason why I wanted a strongest plaster, for it to last long time and make my life easier in transport, but a disadvantage of the denser plaster is, it is very heavy, which I realized in the process. As to when I used Alpha Plaster (Fine Casting Plaster), that left a whiter surface colour however, it was significantly more brittle.

I’ve made five other similar but much smaller plaster sculptures previously, I’ve given this series name: From the Bottom of the Sea.

How is it made? I hesitated about revealing this however, I think sharing processes and techniques is OK, and it gives a deeper insight into my thinking and where I’m getting. This information is only going to be published exclusively on my blog.

I have poured my plaster mix over hundreds of plasticine shapes, into a mould in a square shape measuring about 70×70 cm, to be honest it was an old unused stretched canvas. I isolated it before pouring and let it set overnight. When I returned next day, I struggled to lift it up to my desk. No, it wasn’t stuck in the frame just very heavy. I guess it was at least 20kg. Somehow, I managed to lift it from the floor of my studio to my large desk, where I continued working.

There were a few different stages in making, and the next one was trying to dig out all the shapes from the set plaster, achieving the gappy see-through effect. See the image on top, where some holes have been produced, some plasticine is still showing. The image on the right is showing the reverse side of the piece.

I continued to excavate till all the plasticine was out. After taking a few steps back, looking at the shape and the texture, I needed to make it look neater and shape it so it felt right. I used a power tool to sand down the circles, and I made a decision to cut off the edges with a hand saw, and round it all up into a circle. See the both sides on the photographs with my sculpture rounded.

Organic feeling of the piece and something that looked like it could have been shaped by the water were some of my criteria. I continued on to sculpt the larger organic looking holes and digging into them to multiply the number of them. It was a long process and a lot of hard work. The plaster at that point was already stone hard, and all my tools are looking over-used.

All about the shape. Yes, back to the shapes. In the past, I liked to use as a ‘holding’ shape of a piece circle or square. As I looked at the unfinished sculpture, it being a circle still didn’t work for me, because it felt too real, tight and not natural for what I imagined could have come from the bottom of my imaginary sea. With a little hesitation, whether I’m going to break it in half, or ruin it completely, I made a drastic decision to shape it with a chisel-like tool and a saw to make it less regular with some broken edges, as they have been hitting rocks and sea bottom for some time. Despite it being probably most exciting moment after lifting it from the mould, gosh it was scary too! But aside all that drama, it quite fullfilled what I was aiming for and the final shape was born!

Colour next. As far as I was concerned, I wasn’t entirely happy with the sculpture yet. I would sit at home with my laptop, download all images from my camera, which I take each day and I would stare at them.”Think, think, think!” Next day in my studio, I made a decision to go for it, and make a painting of what I felt like it could have been some sort of old floating plants, either attached to my artwork or flowing near it in the water. There, was the sea-weedy colour overtaking the surface of my sculpture, and drops would suggest the direction, where the colour drips and splashes. The sculpture was finished!

Hi there. This is my blog in which I’ll try to talk about my art practice, sculpting. This platform will be a bit of a self reflection how I feel about what I have produced on a daily or weekly bases, and also an invitation for you to participate and react to my posts. What is your opinion? Do you see it  the way I do?.. and so on. However, if you don’t wish to blog in here, that’s fine as well. Just read me!

I’ll open this blog by exclusive insight into my last (May 2010) produced sculpture, and I will publish how it all started, developed, changed and is looking now. Should this sculpture change later, you will know about it. So welcome again and I hope you enjoy my articles.

Thanks and remember to see my

http://www.silviakrupinska.net/

Silvia

My opening image of this blog: Sculpture from the new series ‘From the Bottom of the Sea 06, 2010’

me at work

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