Thank you very much for your feedback. Two artist friends suggested I remove the crown's frame, as it is flared out too much and distracts the attention away from the face. Their advice made sense, but alas, the frame was epoxy-glued to the sculpture firmly. Cutting into the glue was impossible. A lesson I learned from this experience was: Never permanently adhere anything until absolutely sure. As I am often indecisive, I may never be "absolutely sure," though…. The finished crown is my compromise.
Reflecting your feedback on the sculpture's title, I've decided to call her PRIDE. “Don’t mess with me. I am who I am.” She is the carriage of inner strength.
Together with the above image, I just submitted an application to an American Craft Council show. I feel relieved tremendously.
This is the second crown I've worked on this sculpture. Is it too busy, distracting your eyes from the face? Please ignore the white areas around the beads. They will be painted tomorrow. What kind of emotions does she convey to you? Thank you in advance for your comments.
P.S. on Feather Harvesting ( July 26, 2015)
While I was revising the crown yesterday, I wondered how the feathers had been harvested. The bag of chicken and pheasant feathers were a Creatology brand sold at Michaels. I searched the Internet for the information of the company's practice with no success. As the package said it was produced in China, I strongly doubted they had been collected humanely. That meant the feathers were plucked from birds that had been raised and killed for meat. Supporting such businesses is the last thing I want to do. "No more commercially purchased feathers on my art," I promised to myself.
I just returned from a workshop presented by Adrian Arleo at the Clay Studio of Missoula. She taught us how to construct a figure, adding coils from the bottom upward. As it was difficult to guesstimate how big the cross sections of the thighs should be, mine got a way bigger than I had intended. However, the clay with a small amount of nylon fiber and lots of grog held the sculpture together. It will be finished with terra sigilata and stains and then fired in two pieces.
Being environmentally conscious, it will bother me to pollute the air with the combustion of nylon fiber, a byproduct of petroleum. I don't have enough experiences to tell definitely, but I think I can easily substitute nylon with cellulose. Regardless of which fiber we add in the clay, it should prevent cracks.
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