Biomorphic forms: Abstract forms that evoke other living forms such as plants and the body
Colour plays an important role in evoking the corporeal- pinks, oranges, flesh colours etc can instantly refer to the body. What I have come to learn is that the more intense the colour- e.g the hotter the pink for example, the more sexualised the form becomes. There have been many of my past works where people instantly think they are central core references, although this is often far from the case. Sexuality to me often has nothing to do with specific body parts- but more of a way of thinking - sense of mind- and is often a reference to the past (my past) in my work- specifically childhood and adolescence. This theme in my work is more of a psychological contemplation than of a physical nature and is often why many of my works are like self portraits of sorts.
By creating forms that represent different stages of growth of the biomorphic sculptures I want to mirror that idea of an evolving psychosis - although I want to hold onto that idea that it can also be a strange and beautiful thing....
Above are the free form globular forms/bulbs with sewn-in folding pleats that will be hand sewn onto the stamen- When sewn onto the wire armature, these should push the tips upward- although this is the theory.... the over stuffed forms will probably react a little differently, but that's what I hope for during the making process. I have no exact plan on how I will attach these to each other, but will wing it as I attach them, this way the form will grow itself.
After attaching the stamen bulbs, it became more weighted than I had anticipated and the neck of the armature had to be reinforced.... with what ever I had at hand..... which was an adjustable paint roller pole and wire....
Most of the armatures are always made off of gardening trellises etc and other recycled (what ever I can find) materials to reinforce where needed. In this specific case though, I have to think about the outdoor environment in which the end works will be placed, so I am steering clear of wood etc and have to use galvanised wires etc to prevent rusting etc...... although rusting could be interesting
In order not to loose the curve of the stamens neck, I decided to change from a bulbous/globular form to an elongated leaf. i sewed each elongated leaf singularly and only stuffed them with a thin layer concentrated in the centre of the forms so they would be flatter.
I then machine sewed them together in a lineal design to be wrapped around the remaining section of the neck. By doing this, I had far less control of the end result than with the bulbs. I wasn't able to place them as I went, so the angles of the leaf structures were a simple result of the necessity of placement: meaning I had to hand sew the strip to cover the metal, so there is no radial placement of leaves- as there may be on a real plant structure.
I also have to start weathering the sculptures as soon as possible, to see how they will actually react to harsh sun, heat, wind and rain.