‘Wing’ was inspired by cicada wings delivered to me by my kitty, Tater Tot. Granted, the wings were delivered sans cidada, but I digress...
Right there on my studio's cement floor, I free-hand drew that wing's outline on an enlarged scale. I was delighted at how easily the initial shape flowed from my hand. I needed to make no modifications or tweaks. It was a good sign! With a few more strokes of the chalk, I drew in the inner lines. I was so excited that the shapes flowed so easily through my hand.
I usually make my tack-and-bend sculptures with 1/4” round stock. For this piece, however, I knew that I wanted to use exclusively 1/8” x 1/2” strap. The strap’s dimensions would provide the visual depth for the wing, all while remaining thin enough on its other axis, which was critical to the final look I wanted to convey. (Does that make any sense at all, folks?...)
To elevate the wing, I incorporated a forged and tapered piece of 1/2” square stock to the bottom of the wing, basically making the wing's 'stem' which, in turn, is affixed to the rectangular base of the sculpture.
I sealed the piece with three coats of Permalac -- my trusted, go-to, clear lacquer -- that I use for my sculptures. ‘Wing’ measures 18” tall x 9” wide x 5” deep.
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