Empty of meaning
05 Nov 21 by justatest
On a visit to Italy after six years, I´ve been looking forward to working on an old, very-unfinished sculpture that I´d left here. The actual object is complete but it´s the surface that needs to be worked on.
As luck would have it, I found a folder of a few images as it was being made, so I´m posting them here for reference. The folder was entitled empty of meaning. I don´t remember why, but I´ll keep with that for now as nothing better comes to mind.

resumption with colour

So once again, the mapping out of the work begins with the slow application of oil colour.

Where I´d left off

what I found when I got back

Basically this time I´ll be starting from this point.

Yellow ground

jute is gesso´ed and given a yellow wash

Cloth skin

layer of jute soaked in rabbit skin glue

Initial paper skin

first coat of gesso on paper skin

Preparing surface

paper and glue skin at first

Base structure

filling out the emptiness

Empty of meaning

discarded offcut

It began with this found wire offcut which caught my eye. Maybe that´s why it´s empty of meaning, as I was only looking to amuse myself to see if an unwanted discard could assume a future with a bit more promise.