The Process Behind Creating One of My Goddesses

Every piece of art has a process. The same set of steps completed in the same order. With my statues, they all start out with the same number of strips of clay that forms their bodies. No matter who is being sculpted, male or female, they all start out with the same body shape. I extrude their arms with my clay extruder. No matter how many statues I’m working on, all their arms get cut at the same time and shaped the same way, one end gets pinched and shaped into a hand, then gently rolled narrow to thicker where the shoulders would be, this gives an overall hand, wrist, arm shape. Once the arms are shaped, before they are attached, I shape and flesh out the bodies. This is where they usually are made either male or female.

    

As I sculpt, I begin to get a good clear idea of what they are going to look like in my head. And if I need to sculpt additional embellishments like horns, buckets, vases, etc. These will be sculpted and pre-baked a bit before assembling it onto the actual sculpture.

    

If I am working on multiple pieces at the same time, I will quickly sketch my ideas down in a small notebook so I don’t forget what is going on. This is also the point where I work on any small details that I need, whether it’s adding a skirt, or texture. These sort of details are easier to apply without a pair of arms dangling in the way. That’s not to say that there aren’t times I just attach the arms because there really isn’t a clear direction yet. At that point, I just work around the arms.

                        Goddess in progress

As the details are added, the statue’s persona is fleshed out. I also decide what sort of extra elements I’m adding, whether sea shells, rhinestones or mica powders until it’s time to bake. After it’s baked and cooled, the extra details are added with paint. I use acrylic paint for this step and once it’s dried, I’ll seal it.

That is a quick over view of my process. It is much more involved though. A single piece can take well over 8 hours to sculpt alone.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments below!

 

 

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Why Is Your Divine Art Faceless?

I get that question a lot. And I enjoy hearing the different theories as to why my statues are faceless. Some theories include my lack of ability to draw faces or eyes. But I often wonder if people really understand why they are in fact faceless. There is a reason behind that choice to leave them faceless.

Have you taken the time to really looked at the different spiritual pieces out there? I mean truly look at them?

How many versions of art pieces that are out there all have Jesus looking similar no matter who painted or sculpted them? Think about it. If you compare The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci to Christ Falling on the Way to Calvary by Raphael and even Pieta by Giovanni Bellini, they all have similar characteristics. How about Zeus? Or Odin? Aphrodite? Athena? The same thing. Each painting or sculpture is similar in characteristics to the next. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that it’s wrong. But it is one reason why my Divine art is faceless.

When you personally ask a group of 20 people the same question. How many of them give the same answer? 2? 5? 15? Chances are you will get 20 different answers. Especially if you ask a question that people have an opinion for. But that artwork has been around for thousands of years, you’ll tell me. Yeah I know. I get it. But do you really think a guy like Jesus sat still long enough for someone to draw his picture? I doubt Zeus or Odin dropped everything they were doing and posed while someone sculpted them. But there are stories! Yes. There are stories. Stories that have been told and retold and rewritten thousands and thousands of times. And each time the story was retold and rewritten, it was changed to make a better story (Paul Bunion and his blue ox comes to mind).

The point comes down to this. Everyone sees the Divine different. How I see a particular Divine being isn’t the same as the guy next to me or even the guy across the room. And this is why I am drawn to create my statues faceless. It leaves the connection you make to the Divine a purely personal one. I’m just honored to create the bridge for that connection.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below!