titles have never really been my thing

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Yesterday my packages came.

Today the break through came. Sometimes even simple things take an age. I’ve been trying to get the bottle out whole for two weeks. maybe more. And finally this one has come, pock marked, dimpled, with none of the prestine-ness I originally set out after. It’s exactly what I was aiming for. Although plaster isn’t the final material, more an intermediary stage. Although the plaster I have, when poured right can be quite beautiful. 

The spare plaster from the bottle I poured into a cup. The result is a beautiful interior cup cast (although I should have made more effort at photographing it for this – as always something is lost in the photograph. My objects never make it through the phase from 3D to 2D completely unscathed).

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It’s maybe a little Rachel Whiteread, but I have always had a bit of a thing about her work. I remember reading that the first thing she said she had cast was a spoon and feeling delighted as that was the first thing I had cast. I don’t think she cast a strange bone/horn spoon mind you, but nevermind! This is the original spoon (one of a set of five), and this is the cast spoon. I always meant to remake it a little better but that is for another day I guess.    

 

 

2 thoughts on “titles have never really been my thing

  1. Palimpsest says:

    Hello, I came to see who on earth bagan following my blog due to a photo of my glasses, and am so delighted to be here. I look forward to following your progress as you develop as a no-longer-a-student artist.

    A little side light (a cheap LED torch would do) from one angle only (turn off the flash) would add some depth to photographs of your work, and bring them more to life. I’ve been reading a lot about this recently. Though I’ve yet to get it quite right myself, I’ve seen some astonishing results from other photographers.

    1. katiejand says:

      Thanks for the advice! I always have trouble taking photos of my objects, a lot of what excites me most about them – their tangible, tactile natures, their fragility and so forth isn’t ever well represented through photography – but I will persevere and try some additional lighting for my next one!

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