Armor Bust: Find The Path And Find The Center Sculpture by Rachelle Gardner-Roe

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As a lace sculpture, the open network of the lines allows the piece to continually change as the viewer moves around the piece.
The iron has a subtle rust patina and has been sealed to prevent any further oxidation or changes in color.
This sculpture is one of three busts created for the exhibition, "A Certain Kind of Armor," at The Bunker Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO, in 2019.
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Armor Bust: Find The Path And Find The Center

Rachelle Gardner-Roe

United States


Size: 15 W x 18.5 H x 10 in

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Sculpture: Metal, Plastic, Resin on Other, Plastic.

Media: PLA filament (for 3D printing pen), resin, iron, patina

Part of a non-traditional exploration of lace in the exhibition, A Certain Kind of Armor. Using 3D printing pens to preserve the core acts of drawing and writing, Gardner-Roe references shield and body forms that allude to systems of protection through layers of metal and patinas, yet deny a literal translation. The open lacelike network of this body of sculpture begs the question, “What is being protected?”

A bit tongue in cheek,"Armor Bust: Find The Path And Find The Center" references often heard cliches and how often they are contradictory in nature. "Find your path" and "find your center" are often cited in the search for finding one's true self.

Lastly, I am often asked about how this was made, especially in regards to what a 3D printing pen actually is. While making these metal-coated busts is a layered process, here is a short video showing at least the first step of this process:

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