Thank you to Hazardous Materials at the Transfer Station for this paint, my collection has grown thanks to my last gleaning this past Friday. The kind people over there even set aside a 60lb bag of concrete for me. Ask and you shall receive! Alyssa and I had fun looking through their art supplies.
Here’s a shot of a couple of the small sculptures that I made with papercrete and metal, with paint. My palette is somewhat organized but my theme is loss of control or ‘harmonious chaos through painting and sculpture.’
I am having fun working with the materials that I can glean from the transfer station but it is a different way of working in the studio. Much of the material must be reconstructed/deconstructed or used as a raw ingredient to make another material. This is a studio shot of one table of fun.
The large papercrete vessel is in production. A 3-4 foot tall vessel made of wire/metals/papercrete. This is the largest sculpture in production so far. The process of making papercrete has expanded; to make more in a batch I shred more paper into a bucket, pour boiling water over and let sit for 1-3 days. Then I use a drill with a cement mixer type attachment to pulp it, then strain, then combine to make a half of a 5 gal bucket of papercrete. I’m happy that I’ve gotten pretty good at the process, it’s going faster and this large piece is getting built. Although, I am unable to see yet how it will turn out. It could be a great piece, or, I could hate it. Just going through the process of building something of this scale with papercrete is exciting to me and I am grateful to the Glean Residence-ship for the opportunity to explore papercrete.
There is still a hole in the bottom of it that allowed me to work at its base, that’s the fan part that I used. I think that it may look like a very large pinch pot. This piece is going to have some weight to it, but it will be lighter than a giant concrete vessel because of the papercrete that I’m using. The stuff dries super tough and stiff, like concrete, but not as brittle. And, I’m told, you can drill, sand and saw it when dry. Can’t wait to see how this comes out.