Thursday, 2 February 2012

A bit more carving

This is the sculptural piece previously shown.

You may not see a lot of development as I am continuing to refine and deepen the carving in order to [produce  a much greater depth of contrast and interaction between the lines and surfaces.  I have decided that I want each and every surface/line to flow in compliment with the next but to be unique and different to all other curves/lines within the piece as a whole. Symmetry on this piece seems not to be the way it wants to go and the more organic the piece becomes the more I feel connected to it.

This is not an easy task and has to be slowly achieved over much down time to think,with the piece  taking time to evolve and to allow what I have carved to register with my thinking. It is often only after time spent looking at a piece that I see parts that can be refined for the better, as well as initial ideas that could be  altered and developed. 

I don't see how I can develop a piece if I don't spend time closely observing and taking in the piece as a whole, reflecting on what I think about it and how I may alter it. This for me just can not be achieved in anything but a prolonged period of thought, or the piece will end up shallow and contrived.

So as mentioned before, the piece is being developed in an organic way. The original plans/drawings have gone out of the window.  By spending time looking at each individual aspect of the piece I can alter a specific part, altering this then has a direct effect on the rest so I have to look again at the whole piece before continuing

Another week reflecting upon the carving and I hope that the base form will be complete ready for me to look at the surface texture and finish. But it will not involve two Weeks of physical carving, perhaps two more full days will see that finished, with me not being sure when I will get back to physically working on the piece due to having a book to finish.  But to rush in just to finish could ruin a more creative solution which does not surface during the short term.

But after all this if I do not think I will be able to progress with the piece it will just sit on the shelf. 


Lee Robert Sneddon said...

Hi Mark,

The piece is looking interesting, organic, messy, asymetric, natural, dirty and moist!

Wishing you good thoughts for progress on this one.



Mark said...

Hi Lee

Thank you for your continued interest and freindship.

Not sure when I will get roung to finishing this one.

take care

Rosemary said...

It's looking good Mark. I know what you mean by having to take lots of time looking and thinking, I've found exactly the same with my deconstructed panels. It's a lot harder than just making an object.

Mark said...

Hi Rosemary

I hope you are well, thanks for dropping by and taking the time to add your thoughts.

It is a new sort of work for me and like you say take a lot more thought than just a standard piece, but then perhaps that is down to us being well versed in it.

Often making the object is possibly what some concentrate on the most, for me now it is composistion, design and a deeper thought process behind the work that is important.

It is certainly challenging for me but an enjoyable process I can lose myself in.

Thanks again for dropping by.