Medium:Cellulose cement finished to faux bronze and faux porcelain
Sizes:64 cm high, 70 cm long, 20 cm wide
"Don's Harlequin"


The raw 





Sealed and harlequin lines carved into the surface









Detail of bronze patination


Notes on Don's Harlequin 

At a recent workshop I ran, some students were disappointed when their sculptures did not turn out as they had anticipated. I suggested to the group that they might be missing out on the most important aspect of the creative process� Happenstance.  One should not view any work as being a disaster as that situation might well be the beginning of a new and exciting journey.

That is exactly what happened with this work

This sculpture is named Dons Harlequin as a tip of my cap to its originator who decided to discard the underlying components in frustration that they had not turned out as expected.

With Don's permission I retrieved the two basic pieces that he had discarded and after he had expressed no interest in taking the work further, despite my cajoling him on several occasions, I set about seeing what might be done with the two unrelated bits to make them work together.  Initially I did this as an exercise to try and get the students to appreciate the point I was trying to make.  But as the work progressed it  became very intimately mine and the lesson was lost in the excitement of the journey.

There was a primitive naivete in the horse that appealed to me as it is not a style I work in that often and so presented an interesting challenge.  The robust splayed legs, the subtle swerve to the right and the aggressive forward thrusting head of the horse gave it a powerful energy and rhythm that I felt should be developed.  The sheer bulk of its body evoked a feeling of raw power. 

At that point the figure had no head, no hands and no feet. It had a rather blob-like feel about it that brought to mind circus tumblers I had seen as a child. That is in essence what it became. 

This is the result of a journey begun by Don with the itinerary significantly altered by me.  It is a work of whimsy and contrasting textures from the glossy porcelain-like head of the figure, to the matt finish of the figures silk-like baggy clothes and finally the patinated roughcast faux bronze of the horse.

As often happens with this sort of thing, this work triggered another idea. Another whimsical sculpture  with contrasting textures.  See Yeah-right (item #3 on the page)




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