Has anyone else become enamored with the community benefits of Facebook groups? I got tons of good leads on this conundrum last night while on the Mould Makers Guild page. Love a good gypsum nerd. I have SO MUCH TO LEARN. . I’m still trying to track down some solutions for a work procedure. @ramaterials sells #FortonVF812, or @smoothon’s #DuoMatrixG, which are recommended to be paired with #USGHydrocalFGR95. Unfortunately, both Reynolds and @lagunaclay, despite being amazing and being open during this time, are out of the Hydrocal FGR95. . I’m wondering if I can swap out #hydrocal white or #hydrostone with only minimal issues or if I can find someone around town that might be willing to sell me some of the good stuff. These modified gypsum with acrylic plasticizers are the one way that I can make plaster work in my reusable gelatin/glycerin molds. I do either rotocasting or fiber glass layups with the modified gypsum into the glycerin/gelatin molds and it works beautifully. Casting straight plaster into the molds doesn’t work well. It degrades the surface of the casting and the moisture permeates the mold too much to allow for any future uses. I’ve previously been using the #duomatrixneo system but it’s much more expensive and I only technically need an initial beauty coating of the modified gypsum to create a barrier between the glycerin/gelatin and subsequent layers of gypsum on its own or with burlap reinforcement. I still have a bit of the Duo Matrix Neo stores so I am okay for a little while but it’s running out quickly. If I use the Forton system, I can conserve that more expensive material with a first coat and then do the rest with just the super strong, fiber glass reinforced gypsum. Thanks for listening to my materials rambling. I would appreciate any help. #moldmaking #plaster #gyspum #losangelesartist
Sometimes quick side projects become the thing that feels good to work on. I’ve been sculpting a 1/2 scale portrait of @berniesanders this week with one of his resolute expressions after reading the directives for this weeks @l.a.rotterdamproject prompt. I wanted to try out an armature system I’m trying to develop for my studio procedures. I think he still has a ways to go, and the final results will look different when added to a background and painted, but it has been very enjoyable to work with this @monsterclay #figurativesculpture this week. Energy levels differ vastly on a day to day basis and this week has been filled with less momentum to work on the ongoing projects and more of a drive to just sit and feel this out. #howdoyoufeel
Who ever said Danny Devito has no place in ASMR? Every once in awhile, we’ll get ready for bed and then Billy will let me doodle on his back. This isn’t too weird, right?
I have a crush on my husband’s hands. If I say feet too, that sounds creepy, but hey, everyone’s got their thing.
New socks for Billy.
I want to make many more sculptures of people celebrating like it’s 4/20 every day. I like to imagine my subjects from my photo archive as imbibing rather than smoking cigarettes. It might have made our future look different had that been the case. This guy is from only a few months ago but that feels like at least a year. He’s called “The Long Exhale” and he’s a little cone incense burner. . . . #CanIOfferYouANiceEggInThisTryingTime? #stoneware #ceramic #incense #420 #functionalceramics #figurativesculpture
Cheers to sharing eggs with you ASAP. 🥚❤️ #happyholiday #CanIOfferYouANiceEggInThisTryingTime? . . . #420 #ceramicpipe #stoneware
Sketchbooking a fever dream.
“Can I Fix You A Nice Plate?” Stoneware windchime/mobile. It lives outside now but I made two if anyone wants one. How do you make food to share if you can’t make food to share? USPS?!? . DM me if you’re hungry. . . . #caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime #ceramic #stoneware #paperclay #RANCH #windchime #mobile #sculpture
Housekeeping both physical and digital stirs up old thoughts and objects. Before grad school, I was really occupied with the ominous and masking. I had a lot going on in my personal life and I leaned on art making heavily to get through the mire, to more or less success. I’ve been taking some time away from making to try recalibrating. I’m so blown away by the action takers out there. The people who want to share and grow in this trying time. I am thankful for your visibility and bravery. Not to mention the gratitude for those that have to be sharks and keep swimming without being offered a moment to pause. My mom always told me growing up that I was the kid who would sit by the side of the pool to get the lay of the land, to plan on where I would either jump in or inch in, toe by toe. I would scope out where I felt the safe places were, and safety varied depending on whether I needed seclusion or company to feel right. It would take me longer than others to feel comfortable, and then I would know when I needed to get out of the pool. I feel like that little kid so frequently right now. I’m not even sure if I ever got in the pool or if I’m all pickled and pruny because I forgot to get out. Was I ever in the water? Which way is up? I am incredibly fortunate in so much. I am so fortunate to even have the time to assess this state of being. I feel like the work I’ve been making ahead of a postponed show is prescient and important for me to offer you, but I think it’s also okay to take some time to move slowly. Gauge the depth and temperature of the pool before jumping in.
It’s me. Plus some candles.
I think I can approximately knock out one shelf a day, maybe two if I remember to charge my drill battery the night before. And then Billy and I reconvene on the couch for “The Path,” a show about a fringe religious movement preparing for the end of the world and I make art and try not to look at my phone.
Here’s where I’m at.
Happy to receive any advice on this new exploration. I want to invest in something that I can share with others at my home studio. Thank you for the advice so far, @farzan_sabet. Anyone have a kiln they don’t use anymore?
Hands on the mind, all the time. 👋
I feel like I’m cheating the system every time I use this stuff. Pulled an incredible clay press mold positive from another mold yesterday before I melted it back down for this big guy. It sucked up the moisture beautifully, almost better than a plaster slipcast mold, but it was FLEXIBLE! So no concerns with undercuts. Guys. It’s just equal parts by volume glycerin and gelatin melted together and then poured applied like a brush on mold. It’s so easy. Why isn’t everyone doing it?
#cubfan #bartman, #donthaveacowman
In addition to the mini shorts wearing man, I needed this miniature “non-functioning” functioning charcoal grill incense burner and working radio on a miniature cooler that plays @971thedrive Chicago’s classic rock station combined with the sweet sweet sounds of grilling meat to exist. . . #aspirationalminiatures #caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime #miniature #sculpture #incenseburner #gypsum #polymerclay #classicrock #sausageparty #bigbeef
Does anyone know anyone that is a knowledgeable water-feature fountain rigging resource and might be down to lend some advice for this #WIP?
Milwaukee-tools-hat-wearing-sausage-burger-hotdog-grilling-dadbod-bodied-summertime-fun-guy grilling you up a meal while sipping some brewskis. He’s a pro, and he’ll get that grill to sing just like it’s meant to. . . . #Aspirationalminiatures #caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime @milwaukeetool #millerlite #grillmaster #figurativesculpture #smoothon #polymerclay #monsterclay #glycerinandgelatin
Thank you @bozomag for hosting a super fun #familyhoedown at @alacontemporary and having my weird little lady along for the ride. “Linda Got the Perfect Haircut for Her Vulcan Costume That Year”
It’s scary messy up in these parts but things are progressing. I’ll continue to be mostly MIA until Saturday.
I wish #smellovision existed so you all could smell what Bigby is smelling right now.
#WIP #butterflies in @monster_clay.
I am really overwhelmed and grateful for how much support I received on Wednesday when I posted some of my old work. I’ve been applying to grants this week and thinking a lot about my work as it is now, where I’ve come from, and where I want to go with it. Monetary support is such a hard thing to ask for but it makes such a huge difference in how I think about any impact I’m having with my image making. I would love to continue trying to find some new homes for these old works. Thank you so much for your support. ❤️❤️❤️I feel like the luckiest lady alive.
I have loved these little gouache 4x6” paintings for what feels like a very long time. You know how sometimes we get attached to the things we make...Maybe someone else wants a turn? DM me if you’re interested. I’m hoping to sell some old work so I can make some new work in a better studio set up.
Weird cakes and hats are maybe more up your alley? I am hoping to find some new homes for these old weirdos to make room for a studio renovation and to afford lumber for some sweet shelves I want to build so I can make new weirdos! DM me if you’re interested. Thank you!
I am all fired up about buying lumber to build out a shelving system that will have me functioning as a sculpture studio. I have some older work that I would love to find new homes for. DM me if you’re interested. Thanks to @rakeemc for these lovely photos from our first of many #caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime shoots.
Eyeball molds. Teeth molds. Ear molds. Hand molds. Slowly building up a human. Or nightmare fuel. You pick.
“The Long Exhale” is my first little dude (12”) from a new part of the #caniofferyouaniceegginthistryingtime / #aspirationalminiatures series. He’s #porcelain #slipcast with a little bit of #paperclay from @lagunaclay. He’s also a functioning #incenseburner.
@montevistaprojects and @tsa_la closet vignette for this Saturday at the #BendixBuilding. I’m sitting ahead of @billyfrolov’s artist talk tonight and then heading down the hall for my dearest @silviemargot’s show at @ladiesroomla. Come say hi! Billy’s talk starts at 5!
1/3rd scale and 1/4th scale clay models are coming along. I haven’t touched details yet and am discovering through using my 1/6th scale model that having the feet and hands rendered is nice and will be even more so at a larger scale. I’m about to be able to reclaim a bunch of #monsterclay soon which will mean I can get back to the task of the 1/2 scale figure as well.
Lots going on in the studio right now. Lots of #wips. Lots of different types of clay. Wax. Lots of gypsum. I had an incredible time catching up with @rakeemc last night about our upcoming collaboration project that we are going to be so thrilled to share with everyone as it comes to life. These vessels are an answer to a question I’ve been working through since 2015 and it feels like a real eureka moment that will allow me to access the #tobymug and #tobyjug iconography in a more rapid way. Super pumped.
I have conspiracies about my own theories. Someone get me some red string. My #visionboard has become sentient and must be wrangled.
Really looking forward to this Friday. I am thrilled to participate in @n_sqquared and @veryfancydog’s show. Come Through! Friday. January 10th! For APT5's inaugural show, Works from Home. . DM for address . #apt5 #worksfromhome #homestudio #apartmentshow
Biggest whopper of a clay hand I’ve made so far. Starting the year off on the right hand. This guy is made with @lagunaclay’s #paperclay. I will make a plaster #slipcastmold from it to make into some large scale platters and also an addendum to an old painting that I’m pretty stoked to refresh.