Farewell – Plaster – 38cm tall

Farewell – Plaster – 38cm tall

This is my first carving in plaster – in fact my first carving.  Faced with a block of plaster and a range of saws, files and chisels, I sought to envisage what form could lay inside.  There was strength and solidity present in the block and by sketching on the surfaces I felt that two standing figures, tightly clasped may be the way forward.  Initially, I established the positions of two head shapes and very quickly what seemed to be an arm with a hand cradling a head emerged from cautious removal of the plaster.  This led to shoulder-like forms and abstract shapes on the vertical faces and corners.  I did not want a literal piece, more an emergence of forms.  Working with plaster is exciting – it is strong enough to be chipped and sawn and yet responds to smoothing with files and emery paper.  The image which resulted spoke of closeness, of partings, hence Farewell.