DO sculptures…

After many months (I won’t say how many), the sculptures are in. Or, out of the studio and into the soil! And it is amazing to me how quickly they integrated themselves with the natural surroundings; strange how they looked as though they had been there for quite some time. I love how the green, leafy surroundings immediately completed them. How the fig tree cast its beauty. How the shadows and light played with and through the glass marbles. How the three pieces so effortlessly formed an equilateral triangle and made themselves right at home. Forgotten are the weeks in physical progress, dusty mess of the studio, scattered intrigue of the studio tables, dark, damp of the studio entrance where they lay in wait, curing, being sanded, mortared, and sanded again. Stained and sealed. Trepidation, adventuring, processing. The final decision. Done, but never really…

DO= Derek, Odette. (I like that better than OD[d]= Odette, Derek) DO sculptures. DO…

And Derek and Odette made it super smooth. Commissioned work is a whole different beast than any other kind of creation process. It can be petulant, demanding, finicky; the tricky costumer who wants the perfect French meal, without butter. Or garlic. But not today. Yes, there are always nerves. Is it what they expect…want…desire? Is it less…or more. Ideally, as an artist whose professional practice centres almost entirely on pleasing myself artistically/aesthetically, I want to be able to translate and meld with a client’s needs while not bending backward and becoming off balance. This situation could not have been more ideal. They were patient with my learning curve of moving into a third dimension. They were interested but open. They have very particular tastes but were totally willing to trust my own process. They said: we’d like you do an outdoor work for us. I said: really? Cool. Okay. Then it went something like this…months of dreaming in sculptural formations, ideas bouncing and playing. Some stress, some pure joy. Reading and discussions, learning about cement to concrete. What exactly is ‘slumping’? And, is that a good thing? And finally, patient help from my partner Gregory in mixing and pouring the cement.

Small aggregate, sand, pure cement. Water.  I tried beet colouring but it made no impression. Sono tube molds. Glass. Wood. Bamboo. Marbles. Glue, tape, wire. Fishing line, acrylic polymer. Copper. Plastic. Now, after all this, the weather can continue the process that I started. I’m done. Adios!

[If you’d like to see photos of installation day, go to  http://wendyd.ca/do-worlds-do-everlasting-flora/. Wendy D is a Vancouver photographer who is working on, amoung other things, an ongoing series called ‘Day in the Life’ and she decided to follow me for the couple hours it took to get these fellows from the studio to the garden. Take a trip to her website, you’ll be intrigued!!]

'DO worlds'

'DO everlasting flora', apple not included!

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