This is the third” Sofia”. The first was a clay model and the second a cast white plaster version. This was my first experience of creating a mould in order to cast a figure. The latex was quickly and thickly painted over the clay figure. Once dry a two part plaster support was moulded around the latex with the clay model still in place. Later, with the plaster support hardened and the original model removed, the mould and its support were inverted and wet plaster poured carefully into the mould. The first time, with white plaster, was nailbitingly exciting. It turned out brilliantly. This version is with a terracotta plaster (to a special and secret recipe, I’m told) which contains particles of iron oxide. Once the mould is removed, oxidisation occurs.
The figure is semi-abstract with lightly sketched features. The pose is pensive and still. Light falling on Sofia is warmed and reflects from the rich, almost polished, surface. The creation of this piece was a new departure, a new learning experience and I am delighted with the outcome.