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Figure – Figurine Sculpture Marathon – with Brandt Junceau
Mankind’s earliest human images were milestones in our concept of self. We know that they were small, made in the hand, and many of them could be handled between just two fingers. At the start, they could not even stand. Our modern concept of the figure began in the figurine, and returns to it periodically, sometimes to reinvent the body, sometimes the image, sometimes the self, as seen notably in the later work of Elie Nadelman, frequently in Gaston Lachaise, Alberto Giacometti, Louise Bourgeois, and Kiki Smith.This course is a working conversation, hands-on, in the studio, with occasional slide presentations that refresh and extend the conversation. We begin with found items, natural and manmade, with some degree of figural association; a leaf, a twig, a pebble, a stone, a doll, a crumpled or broken bit of anything. By modelled additions, carving and cutting subtractions, moldmaking and casting, those suggestive objects are made to talk figure and image. What is the body: how much of it “counts”? What must stay, what can we do without? And what is an image? What does it ask, what does it answer?