So, this week I am going to reshoot my obelisk video, but this time just playing with the light and shadows instead of worrying about switching them all around.
But I have already started on a new project. I am making body parts and I want to photograph them where you can’t tell they aren’t attached to a full body and somehow juxtapose the body parts with the photos.
I was thinking of displaying them directly beside, but it takes away some of the mystery that way I think. It seems too obvious. I haven’t quite figured it out yet.
I didn’t really have a good solution for materials at first, but that is the good thing about a community of people. You can get all kinds of help from other people!
So, for the first one I am going to try to make 2 arms that are arm wrestling. I want to make a lot more, but it just depends on how much I can get done before the deadline.
Dan luckily had some plaster gauze and let me buy it from him. I had never worked with this stuff before so I tried to do a little research, and apparently you can sand it smooth.
So this is the first arm. I cut it off once it dried and sealed it up. It still needs to be sanded though.
Last night Miri and I spent a lot of time in the studio. I tried to melt down some candles because she told me about something she had done before where she melted wax and dipped her hand in, then when it dried, took it off and filled it with plaster and you can see every line and wrinkle in the hand.
So I tried just using a candle warmer and the heat gun. It ended up not melting into enough wax. But I set it up to look like a little ceramics shrine at first.
Then I got serious with the heat gun. And got wax on the astroturf in Miri’s studio.
So anyway, I still haven’t gotten a hand done because it wasn’t enough wax to dip my whole hand in without it messing up. :(
But I looked up some stuff about candle making, and it said the best thing to use is a Presto “Kitchen Kettle” and melt the wax. And to use a thermometer so you don’t burn yourself. But the “Kitchen Kettle” is only like 20 bucks and I’m sure I can use it again because it’s just a crock pot. So this is the solution. Hooray! I just have to get one now.
Another thing I am still trying to figure out (other than how to place them) is how I am going to put clothing on the arms. I am down to a few solutions. I am going to go to Goodwill and just get some long sleeve shirts that will go over the arm, and then I am either going to cut it off where it ends and sew up the end, or leave the whole shirt on still attached to further relay the emptiness. I just haven’t figured it out yet. I am leaning more towards sewing it at the end right now. But that could change.
I saw Ira Glass tonight at The Brown Theater. It was awesome. I think I took a lot away from it that is a-stewin’ in m’brain right now. But it isn’t quite ready to taste yet.