“The art of sculpture is eight times as great as any other art based on drawing, because a statue has eight views and they must all be equally good.”
These words were spoken by Benvenuto Cellini in the 1500’s. This is true for all sculptural mediums but especially for the statuary artists. From small intricate pieces to bigger than life statues, each sculpture is highly work intensive. Hand sculpted in plastisial, a fatty clay or wax, the work has to be perfect because the next step is to create a rubber mold of the original. Once the mold is cured and opened, the original sculpture is destroyed. The mold is then ready to accept one of the plasters. You will find three artists at DIMENSIONS 2017 who work in either Aqua-resin, Hydrostone, HydroCal or Drystone.
How the plaster is finished is also unique to each artist. Some artists prefer a more transparent finish and use wax pigments, while others use spray or oil paints.
Check out the different styles and different finishes presented by our statuary artists, Rosemary Breault-Landry, Dominique Dennery and Dennis Burnside.
DIMENSIONS 2017, October 19-22, Horticulture Building, Lansdowne Park
Aqua-Resin is an easy to use, non-toxic sculpting resin. This water-based composite material can be used in casting and molding, and is primarily used with fiberglass reinforcement.
Hydrostone is the strongest and hardest gypsum cement available. Used primarily in tooling and high quality art object applications. This is an extremely wear-resistant material.
Drystone is a fast-setting gypsum cement that provides strong, durable casts without the need for dryers, when mixed at the recommended use consistency. It also provides an environmentally-sound alternative to resin-based products.