Here is what I have been working on since I finished the face. I haven’t attached the wood quite yet as I am still experimenting how best to do this without damaging the wire. I am hoping to be able to finish everything this weekend and put it in the mail. I will post pictures of the final product before I ship it off.
Here is some more wire sculpture. On the left you will see the original piece (Little Face) by Alexander Calder. On the right you will see my attempt to replicate the Calder work. Emphasis should be placed on attempt as this was very difficult to replicate. Finding and cutting the glass pieces was difficult, but manageable. The wire face went smoothly, but stringing everything together and trying to get the face to point forward was impossible. The picture on the right has a little Photoshop work on it to remove a string that kept the eyes and nose facing forward. I made this for somebody and when I shipped it the string connecting the face pieces to the top of the head broke. I am finishing up a different Calder replica I plan to send as a sort of concession since the first one didn’t make it in one piece. Hopefully they will like it. I will try to post the pictures of the new piece in a few days.
The deep, hollow ache of the heart arises from a life in search of meaning. But it’s by our very desire to find meaning that we create meaninglessness. The very idea of looking for purpose and meaning arises from our deluded thought. When we actually see Reality for what it is, all questions of meaning are transcended, and we’re free to engage the world as it actually is.
-Steve Hagen from Buddhism Plain and Simple
After a mini-class about Alexander Calder and wire sculpture I decided to give it a try myself. Here are the results –
Wire Face – This is primarily made with two wires (4 if you count the ears). The first wire starts at the left eye and encompasses both eyes, the nose, mouth, chin and the head. The second wire holds the ears in place.
Giraffe – This was my second wire sculpture and it was made with a single wire.