It was difficult for me to create imagery that enhanced Alisa's beautiful red "Dancing Man" in cut and welded steel. I wanted to create a joint artwork that had unity of design - that is - a single image, whole in itself, where nothing can be added or taken away. After much struggle I finally succeeded!
Alisa's steel figure inspired and called me to experiment with shapes and materials in a different way that I hadn't done before. The result was that I'm envisioning a new style of sculpting. It's actually new and old. I'm returning to working in chased copper, a sculpture method I used as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. I studied Light Metals with a Danish metalsmith named John Pripp. I loved hammering copper and silver!
I want to make smaller sculptures that will incorporate delicate figures in copper and brass screening. I love the combination of opaque figures dancing with lacy, transparent dancing figures.
One reason I want to develop a new, smaller way of sculpting figures is that I can sell them for lower prices than the $500-1500 range in my Small Wire Works in the For Sale Gallery. I hope to make pieces that someone can buy for only a few hundred dollars.
Friends, I have two questions for you to answer, that would assist me: One is if there is interest out there for smaller, less expensive dance sculptures - dancers in pairs, triads or foursomes. The second question is if you prefer hanging sculptures or standing pieces?