tentacles cast 1

Exciting day – first cast off the new 150cm mould.  I loved how the inverted cast looked like a mini-boobscape, it’s fantastic when the work has resonances with previous works.  The cast was easily demoulded with just a little split at the base, and at 150cm has quite a presence.  The texture is subtle and yet evocative.  Now time to start making more – it takes a minimum of a week to make a cast, and each will be individualised along the way.  Hoping to amass a large number of them to play around with install possibilities.

Work in progress – OktoLab

Over the last hot week or so I’ve made up the large (150cm) and small (50cm) Plasticine moulds – now to start painting on the latex layers for the casts.  Reading ‘The Case Against Octopus Farming’ and watching videos of people drying octopus in the sun … despite, or because of, the wonderful things I have been reading about octopuses – I have ended up looking at how we exploit, use and consume these wonderful animals.

Skin and flesh article in Antennae issue 43

A short artist profile on my work  ‘Skin and flesh’ features in Matter Matters: Surfaces, Antennae The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, issue no. 43.   Here’s some screen shots – the article can be freely downloaded here http://www.antennae.org.uk/

 

‘biofabricated leather’ samples

First work in progress test casts.  As part of my new propositional sculpture installation bloodlines – I’m starting to test out various molds for swatches of fanciful ‘skins’.  These ones feature suckers, valves and scales.  The suckers casts are double-dipping for my new research into octopuses, using the teats/nipple molds from boobscape to create the mold (I have some larger ones in progress).IMG_2910