In the Studio – Things don’t always go to plan!

I’ve recently been trying to find objects that I can use to force my expanding foam objects into different shapes (as opposed to squares) with the results being not quite what I was expecting.

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The first object I’d selected was a peg basket, I thought the holes in the basket might provide some nice, gnarly tendrils (or similar) and might look quite like intestines. What I had failed to account for was that the foam would indeed push through the holes in the basket but that was as far as they really went, creating individual finger-like appendages that did not connect. To remove them from the plastic would have removed their rather pleasing and natural formation so I had to incorporate the entire foam covered basket into this piece and disguise the origins of the object (this will be covered in a later post).

Another unexpected aspect of this piece occurred after I had left the studio for the night. The foam had continued to grow and expand and has gained a beautiful but tumour-like growth. This is the organic but disgusting aesthetic that I feel my work needs.

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Whilst in an art supplies shop I came across these charming cardboard photo frames. The frames themselves have a tiny aperture for keeping your photographs, perhaps only capable of holding tiny thumbnail images but in terms of my own work, I felt that these were crying out to be used.

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The aperture space was filled with expanding foam and then levelled off. The foam has continued to grow and has taken the form of a spot/pimple. I’m going to play around with this and see how I can make it more uncomfortable and disgusting for the viewer.

The last object that I have been experimenting with was this chip tray. The two ends were clipped together to create a tube and the expanding foam squeezed into the middle.

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The initial signs were promising, the foam was creeping through the holes in the material and creating a delicate looking ‘fur’.

Unfortunately that’s when it all started going wrong! The foam continued to expand in very much the wrong places….

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Well, not really much to say here!

Until next time,

 

Larry

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