So many thanks to American Corner for providing a cool place to think and work while it’s 108 F in Ahmedabad. Thanks to Ratilal Kansodaria for providing the space and materials to work with. Thanks to Sheth CN College of Fine Art for the studios and fine students to make this trip the enormous success it is. Thanks to the people of Ahmedabad and Nagrik Society for their friendship; to Bandish Soparkar for the fab room in a fab apartment & Namrata Deol for her gentle kindness & infectious laugh. So many more went into the piece but this is the beginning of a narrative of eight months in India, unfunded. It was a dream that became a reality.
How we create centrifugal metal cast pieces. Figure 1 in wax, then result in bronze. Lost wax method. The heads are part of a book art project referring to Typhon in Greek Mythology
Lost-wax casting (also called “investment casting“, “precision casting”, or cire perdue in French) is the process by which a duplicate metal sculpture (often silver, gold, brass or bronze) is cast from an original sculpture. Dependent on the sculptor’s skills, intricate works can be achieved by this method. The oldest known examples of this technique are the objects discovered in the Cave of the Treasure (Nahal Mishmar)hoard in southern Israel, and which belong to the Chalcolithic period (4500–3500 BC).
Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost-wax_casting.
I wanted to share this video from Elgin Smille (Great name, yes?). I enjoy the artwork and the content. I felt refreshed by an art opening that was full of fun and love. This is not something we have in America, especially New York, where this kind of sincerity is often lacking. I wish I spoke the language just to be with these very interesting people. There are English subtitles so don’t forget to make sure captions is on when you view it.
I included the entire YouTube site so you can view his other vids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy5IfTG9gD4&feature=c4-overview&list=UUf44q_feXMLm9l2NP5LooKQ
Here is his website: