I shall here endeavor to explain the particulars of the craft of my art and provide such details as i may about my artistic process and inspiration. Essentially, I craft small relief sculptures in a similar manner to those precious bronze door panels from the Florentine Renaissance. However, my work diverges from this tradition with some updated materials and a revised creative sensibility that draws on diverse inspirations. Although I work with clay mined from beads deposited on the Appalachian coast of the Cretaceous Seaway, my creative endeavors are guided by such modern sensibilities as are a commonality within much of our vibrant creative culture. Sculpture allows me to make clockwork creatures, impossible vignettes, and natural tributes and supernatural vistas. Each piece is a focused contrivance of imagination and expression.
The nature of my artistic pursuits would seem to defy definition, but i think you will agree that, through such examples as will follow, that by providing specific details the general essence is revealed. My first interest, and indeed passion, was for history, specifically the history of the deeds and cultures of past ages. Not for me the court cases and corporate mergers of American history, I was interested in the Etruscans, Kerma and such luminaries as Alexander and the Barca clan. Close on the heels of this first passion came the interest of fiction and fantasy as conveyed in books, movies and other art forms. Fantasy from the likes (and in the greater tradition) of such master as Tolkien, Adams and Heinlein allows a freer expression and also provides a greater range of sources to draw from. Further along in life, I realised the terrible splendor of nature, and this wonder became my third main inspiration. Not only am I humbled by everything from a budding Hellebore to a brewing Cumulonimbus, but I am also fascinated by our continued interaction with the natural world. Last, both in sequence and indeed many years later, came some small appreciation and comprehension of creative expression and representation in and of itself. Many of my pieces include an element or aspect which references the vehicle as much as the overt subject of the piece. Indeed, it is this sensibility that, to no small extent, solidifies the other elements and enhances the final expression of the initial idea.
Water Based ClayI work mostly with Little Loafer's clay to sculpt the original master for each piece. This takes anywhere from 30-60 hours for the smaller items.
Silicone MoldWhen the master clay sculpture is complete, if create a silicone mold with Smooth-On Rebound Brushable Platinum Silicone Rubber.
Finished HydrostoneWhen the mold is complete, I pour the final product with Hydrostone and give it a natural finish with wax and beer, or give it a Polychrome treatment.
- This is original work. I create the sculpture and make my own molds. Furthermore, each piece has a unique finish.
- Pieces are cast in hydrostone or hydrocal, many times harder and stronger than plaster.
- Natural Finish created with beer and wax. Some beer for me, some beer for the sculpture. No wax for me.
- Painted and Polychrome pieces are finished with paint and glazes,through such processes as marbling, dribble effects and faux techniques
contact: andrew at rillworks dot com