Recurve by Kim Marchesseault This model’s body was so incredibly beautiful to me from the first time I saw her because of the curves and the way she flowed. I re-sculpted her form and echoed her curves in black clay. This is one of those pieces that happened very quickly.

She modeled for a group of us a long time ago and I remember one of the artists couldn’t stand her body, made a bit of an emotional scene and refused to sculpt her. I believe if you see beauty, it shows in your work. You as the artist emphasize what is most striking to you.

I think I’m going to have to do a few more pieces based on her form because I see so many wonderful things in her.

Naked Chocolate

Chocolate sculptures by Kim Marchesseault

We’re getting ready for the receptions of the annual Exposed: Nudes in Art show at Litmus Gallery November 2 and 3. Here are the torsos I sculpted to be cast in chocolate for the event.

They are masked with water based clay inside of a plastic jar that I cut the top and bottom off of. I’m making a two part, food grade silicone mold and this is the preparation for the pouring of the first part of the mold.

The third kind of rejection

gift-1 copy Rejection is an emotional shove, sometimes in the right direction.

The most common kind of rejection is simply a cold, unfeeling closed door that leads you to question your own existence.  I must force myself to knock louder.

Rejection can be hateful and devastating -the kind intended to inflict pain. Knowing someone hates you so much, they want to hurt you when you’re most vulnerable can be emotionally crippling.

…But there is also a third kind of rejection. The third kind of rejection redeems itself. It is the greatest rejection one can ever hope for. The third kind of rejection is a gentle hand pointing from where you are, lost now, toward the right way. It nurtures growth. The third kind of rejection is a gift -the potential of improvement and future acceptance.

I received the third kind of rejection recently from a gallery owner in Raleigh. I was referred by a friend and I have to say it was exactly what I needed. I needed a dialogue with someone who knows the business of art in this area. 

She gave me guidance on prices, suggested I talk to other sculptors in the area and also said she requires her artists to make themselves known locally in The Triangle area by showing with the three largest local art associations. These are the annual, juried Durham Art Guild show, Visual Art Exchange of Raleigh, and in the annual juried show by the Fine Arts League of Cary.

I am a sculptor and I’ve been told by other sculptors that a sculptor entering the Fine Arts League of Cary show is like slitting your own wrists. They simply don’t have the facility to accommodate 3-D work to begin with.  I entered this show anyway, despite what everyone told me about a year and a half ago and was rejected. …So I sucked it up and took a look at the 3-D work that was accepted. It was upstairs in a closet…behind a door and everything. They had room for about 5 pieces in the closet. I sculpt nudes, which can’t be exhibited in public gallery space in Cary. -maybe the closet thing will work in my favor here. This will be the super challenge for me. I did experience a glimmer of hope when I saw that the second place winner in the FALC juried show this year is a potter. This is a new emergence.

I am going to join VAE soon and am really excited to have the piece called Letting in the Light juried into the DAG show this year by Juror Barkley Hendricks.

To sea or not to see

Survivors by Kim Marchesseault “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it,” said Helen Keller.  I make these baby sea turtles out of dark clay. Each one is hand drawn in my clay and every shell is hand carved. They hang on the wall and group well together. They’re special to me. I call them Survivors. I saw sea turtles on all of my dives in Belize and Grand Cayman. I see nests protected here on the shores of North Carolina when we visit the coast. Some little ones don’t make it, but many do.