To Grasp the Wind

"Grasp the Wind" by Kim Marchesseault "Grasp the Wind" by Kim MarchesseaultHere  is my  latest sculpture called “Grasp the Wind”, which, to me, means to understand or achieve something very complex, difficult, seemingly unachievable. 

 

To  to grasp at the wind would be to attempt something that appears futile, but how do we know it’s futile until we give it a try? And now we can fly. We’ve touched the moon.

"Grasp the Wind" by Kim Marchesseault"Grasp the Wind" by Kim Marchesseault

This isculpture is pictured during its construction in the post called In Progress.

In progress

smallprogress_0906 You can see on this small piece I’m using an ordinary shish-kebab skewer you’d find at the grocery store as an armature and to poke a labyrinth of air channels. The skewer pierces through the top of the piece all the way to the wood board and will allow air and any remaining moisture to escape in the kiln. The hole in the belly button goes right to the skewer

I use a needle tool to poke channels all over in the clay. These channels need to be 1/4 inch apart or less. I aim the needle tool so that it hits the metal of the skewer so I know it’s made contact and the channel now leads from the outer surface to an unseen hole in the bottom of the piece. I then smooth the outer surface. I’ve resurfaced most of the small holes here, but you can still see some. When I’m done making air holes, and after the sculpture is stiff enough, I pull the skewer right out and seal the hole at the top.

This is an unnamed sculpture I started last Tuesday with my friend, Jim, who invited me to try out another potential model for our sculpture group.

Oracle

"Oracle" by Kim Marchesseault"Oracle" by Kim Marchesseault   I was invited to try out a new figure study model by my friend, Jim Fatata, at Litmus Gallery on Monday. I swear I said to Jim, “I don’t know if I remember how to sculpt. It’s been a while.” Of course, I feel that way every time I begin. I see only the flaws in my work.

Thank you for your kindness and support throughout my artless, depressed period.  I still don’t have a place to work. I had to finish this on my dining room table. It’s drying on top of the fridge.

Loose Leaf Logic

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I’m in love with a building

 plato department of justice copy I had the pleasure of a visit to Washington, DC over Thanksgiving. The Department of Justice building struck me in the heart. The words carved in it meant so much to me I can’t explain. It turns out that the quote on the entrance of the building is of Plato. “Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as it first resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.”  I didn’t even go inside of this building. Just walking around it and reading the inscriptions on it was an awakening for me. I can’t explain. I have to go back.

The drawing for this first painting came from nowhere. I drew it one day, years ago, when I was furious about an injustice. I wrote this about it on Tristate Sculptors:

The third eye is represented in her hair. Vulnerability is represented by her nudity. Fierceness is in her expression. She has no eyes, just empty eye sockets, but is seeing on a spiritual level. This painting has a significant influence on my current work.

The second painting is called “To See”. It is an attempt to make “Lady” more modest and is inferior in every way imaginable with the exception of the new title. The new title lead to enlightenment."To See" by Kim Marchesseault I did some reading on Plato when I got home.

Socrates says that he who sees with his eyes is blind. He was Plato’s teacher.

I died once, a long time ago when I was fifteen years old. I was escorted out of Hell by someone in a red robe who said “This isn’t the place for you. We have a plan for you.”

Tonight I looked at a painting of Plato. He was wearing a red robe.

What is it about the color red?