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Sculpture: Environmental, Found Objects, Metal, Clay on Cardboard, Steel, Wood, Other.
I love books and reading. Reading changes you and takes you places.
This particular art piece turned out beautifully. It is one of my favorites. I particularly love the aging and oxidized patina. Any art collector needs to be aware that it is a sturdy piece with heavy and light components. Therefore I would recommend special care when opening the shipping package.
Here is the process how I made 'The Reader':
I did a multitude of sketches and picked the one I liked. I usually do this early morning. Then, I scanned the document and printed a blueprint to the dimensions I wanted. I did the legs with recycled cardboard, added a strong frame of 1/8 steal rods for the inside and shaped the rest of the body with more rods. I then sculpted the head and the body with plaster. When dry, I coated the full piece with a thick layer of Cyanoacrylate. Then I anchored it into a heavy cement base (14.5x6.5 inches) and applied two coats of primer seals for a maximum coverage and protection, followed by two to three metal coatings of ground metal suspended in a non-toxic water based binder. To accelerate the process of aging I then worked the natural oxidation with Dye-Oxide patinas. I let it rest for a few days for the aging of the ground metal to reach maturation.
I love nature and in my hikes or bike rides in the forest or canyons I always pick up the litter I find. I guess this habit transferred into my art process. I refer to this as Recycling-Art or Trash-Art... made with everything we discard and dress as a beautiful art piece. I hope you will enjoy your new acquisition as much as I did creating it. Take good care of it and it will gain in value every year.
Thank you and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.