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Sculpture Marathon – IN-PERSON with Brandt Junceau
The life-size figure is a touchstone of sculpture, which has been remade and passed forward generation by generation, and must be refashioned once again, now. To make something as big as oneself, standing like oneself, with every feature and surface, a head, a face, a gaze like oneself: that is a very peculiar proposition, unlike anything else mankind makes for ourselves, which must have been strange, startling, and intimidating the first time. It continues to be. This class is not an anatomy lesson, it is an investigation of image and presence. Anatomy will be probed, and possessed: it serves a purpose. Basic modeling skills will be learned, and challenged: the figure creates them, to realize itself. One needn’t have done this before to try it now. A certain boldness in confronting self and other is necessary, and persistence, and a willingness to try for trying’s sake. One will not retain the big figure in clay. It will be broken down again to raw material. One takes away the confrontation, and possibility.