Digging around amongst my armatures, I find the perfect one. Wooden post with an aluminium structure and ‘cage’ attached. This means I can change the pose of the head if desired. I stuff this with paper rather than clay, just to keep the sculpture as light as possible.
Jennifleur and I spend time talking about the pose we want for this sculpture. I want the pose to help emphasise her elegance. She strikes up a balletic pose – we both danced from an early age – but as our laughing subsided we realised that this type of pose would work well. Now we are ready to get going.
I need the armature to support the pose ie her head turned to the right and lifted. I carefully bend the metal part of the armature to reflect this pose. I then cover the wooden post and the aluminium cage with clay. And slowly, slowly, I build up the portrait.