After a conversation, discussing the look of my clay figures in which Miranda advised me to decide on an exact short definition to allow easy viewing and understanding from the audience in combat with expected criticism. Miranda mentioned how my flower sculpture reminded her of a series called “The Day of the Triffids” (1981)
I’ve yet to complete the series although I’m really enjoying it and can understand how my work can be a reminder of it through the correlation of the carnivorous plants in relation to my exploration of human decay in the creation of the plants. And their act of blinding people is related to my use of the eye in ‘the curious flower’.
I’ve also found the design of the plants to inspire me to explore less common flowers, of which I may consider it more of a challenge to merge human parts with them.
This week I also painted the final much larger tongue lily. I’m pleased with the result, believing that the texture through the cracks formed while the clay dried assists in providing realism, in addition to how the green of the stem blends into the tongue.
Furthermore, I cut and glued together what will be the base of the plant pot for the lilies, utilising a noticeably different shape in comparison to the curios eye and the finger succulent to allow a singular appreciation for the sculptures individually, with a simple change in the form of the plant pot encouraging the eye to separate the sculptures and capture the audience’s attention.
In addition to this, I chose to create a thinner and taller plant pot for the tongue lilies to complement the long stems on the flowers.
Finally this week I’ve continued to sculpt the fingers, with the current amount when writing this being ten. I intend to begin to structure the plant from what I have to achieve a general understanding of the stage of completion and the basic structure, allowing me to add more to it with a clearer idea of the size and shape to make the final fingers.
So far the finger succulent has been my favourite to create and is the one I believe will look the best. Once in the routine, the sculpting of the fingers becomes relatively simple and continuous in its motions, however, neither two are the same, each possessing its unique lines, shape and size that I believe shows the care I’ve put into my work through the consideration of small details that could easily be overlooked. Similar to how I’ve placed small indents on the tongue to replicate the look of tastebuds.