Working Subtractively with Relief. Project #7 CHANGE: relief in plaster. Firstly, what does working subtractively mean?. Relief. Low to high Frontal view Subtractive Materials: wood, stone, marble, clay, cement or plaster
Working Subtractively with Relief
CHANGE: relief in plaster
Firstly, what does working subtractively mean?
During the period of Akhenaten – Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt who ruled 17 years until about 1336BC.
Sunk = Linear cutting, mostly used in hieroglyphs & cartouches
Low Relief or Bas Relief
Sestertius of Emperor Pupienus
Deux figures by Joseph Csaky
limestone, polychrome, 80cm
Qajar era: 1785-1925
Taneh Savashi, Iran
Baptistery of Florence Cathedral, Florence, Italy
169 life-size full-length sculptures of individual artists (painters, poets, musicans, architects, sculptors) from history. In memory of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. London.
Total length: 210 feet, Date: 1860’s
Dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath. Carved out of white marble with interior is gold-brass caste, including main shrine and elaborate columns. Ceiling is engraved with lotus-buds, petals, flowers & scenes from Jain & Hindu mythoology.
Size in feet: 98 long x 42 wide
Vimal Vashi Temple
Working subtractively with a plaster mold, embody the concept change.
Consider the word, the idea, and your immediate association with this term.
What does change signify to you . . .
You are given the freedom to select the interpretation of your choosing. You can take a literal, representational, non-objective, or abstract way of visualizing change.
Whatever imagery and meaning you pursue, the plaster carving must demonstrate an evolution or transformation of sorts. This could be manifested, but not limited to these aspects:
Questions to consider:
-What does change look like?
-What does change feel like?
-What elements lend themselves to being closer to the surface? Further away?
-What type of composition could lead viewers to transformation? (the grid? diagonal shift? radial symmetry? moving from left to right? Top to bottom?)
Example visual art images of CHANGE
(images that are REDUCED, can be imagined in RELIEF)
A bas relief wall installation that covers the back wall of Israel’s Knesset (parliamnet). About 79 feet wide X 23 feet tall.
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem By Dani Karavan
Artist William Gordon Huff standing beside his bas-relief that depicts two extinct American lions (Felis atrox) attacking a long-horned species of extinct bison (Bison Latifronts)
Both species are from the Pleistocene of California and their fossils are know from the La Brea tar pits of southerin California.
Huff’s life span: 1903-1993.
Example 3-toned Sketch
PREP for PLASTER RELIEF
Still Life with Musical Instruments
by Jacques Lipchitz
Charcoal on paper
9 ½ x 12 ½”
Material: presumably plaster
Left: Pencil, Indian ink and wash on paper, 1947
Right: Mother and Child, 1949 bronze.
About 15 x 19 x 4”