Finally all done!
This is what it looked like when I went in to find the temporary walls in place. I was going to put my heads on theses walls which are opposite each other, but even after reinforcement the walls were not strong enough to take the weight of either Diana or Taurus. Therefore I had to think on the hoof and change the location of the work to be hung on walls.
Here are the final pieces cleaned up and honed. I’m delighted with them, but photos don’t do them justice. The lead has come up very striking, deceiving even, you would think they were in a different metal. Not toxic, like the relationship between the figures. I’ve been churning over the title of the work for last week or so and have decided on ‘Obsession – The She Devil and her Blue Eyed Gypsy Boy’. While casting we hit a couple of hitches with the flow of the lead, which was very slow so it cooled in layers in placed, porous in some, particularly in the ‘She devil’ figure. Unfortunately we lost her arms, we had provided air vents for the air to be released as the metal flowed up the arms, but the lack of pressure normally provided by a faster flow of hot metal was lost through the slow flow and fast cooling of the metal. However the lesson learnt, and I have to make the best of what I have. I did crank up the furnace last night and cast the arms individually, which at first appeared to be the solution, but when I began working on them one broke in half, and even trying to pin it without the correct lead working tools and using blow torch to try and weld it together I gave up and resorted to use figure the way is had come out of the first cast. There were delicate strand created where the metal had leaked through the mold, and I used on piece to create a crown for the she devil – to emphisis that she is a gay queen who has an obsession with the blue eyed gypsy boy. First in lust, then through grooming and into full blown control of every hour of the gypsy boy’s life. Money control, food control, social control, sexual activity control. Hence, why I had to make work about this abusive relationship that I was exposed to back in early December 2015. The shocking hideous true was beyond what I could believe. Ironically from a psychoanalysis stand point it is I that has psychoanalysised myself through the last six months since this trauma began, when I started this work. When it goes into my degree show it will take on it’s own life and I will be free, and can put it behind me. The hard truth of being a confessional artist is that if the work has a long life in it’s creative process the pain stays with you until you complete it. If a sketch was the finite result then the catharism of making the art would be over and done with toot sweet. Unlike casting which takes for ever, but the result is outstanding and has strength beyond anything I could sketch or paint…
Large figure weighing in at around eighty kg, very heavy and a nightmare to break into. Eventually got there, and the figures have turned out interesting.
Finally this piece is finished apart from background stainless steel disk for her to be mounted on to. The cast of my face has been honed down on forehead and nose to give a more deer like appearance and takes it aesthetically into the mystic combined with the deer skin and antlers, a fusion of human meets animal.