There is a school of thought that says sculpture should not be painted. Paint hides the true materials and therefore participates in a lie. I would have agreed with that idea for most of the past decade. However, I've been pushing this limitation away recently.
Beth Cavener Stichter makes sculptures of animals that hit a visual sweet spot for me. Her pieces have the sweeping bravura of Baroque sculpture and a fierce poetry that makes me seriously reconsider the merits of terracotta and latex housepaint. I've seen her work via magazines, blogs, Youtube, etc. for a few years. In one interview she mentioned that flat latex housepaint is made with kaolin (clay), pigment, and latex. To use flat latex paint is really a variation on traditional clay slip decoration. While I don't have a lot of flat latex paint, her comment has had me thinking for a while about using housepaint with sculpture.
Below are two videos concerning Beth Cavener Stichter and a photo set showing my recent repurposing of leftover paint.
My poor sculpture looks uncomfortable throughout this process.
Any resemblance to torture methods is unintentional...I'm not that kind of guy.
This piece as the main focus of the paint experiments. Seeing the paint set up prompted me to try it on some old sculptures. The fresh color and sharp edge seem to revitalize these old standbys. They look goopy with fresh paint (Medardo Rosso is another favorite of mine). The details reemerge as the paint dries.
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