Drawing the intricacies of the brain was the most rewarding point of the sculpture. It was nice to see that the sculpture was beginning to resemble the concept of a brain. There were a few changes and developments with the design - overall the organic concept transpired. Take a look:
Took a while to work on the roughing the brain into a smooth state. The outcome is positive and quite different from the initial roughing as per below.
Top Images - Initial shaping
Bottom Images - Machined shaping and smoothing
The overall shape is there, the brain awaits fine detailing. These next couple weeks will be dedicated to have the folds shaped out. I am enjoying the process, it has been a trip working with limestone this time around. Have developed a love for the sedimentary rock once again. Excited to see the outcome in the near future.... May 20th approaches fast!
The brain for @TheBrainProj is coming along. Dimensions are roughly 21" x 15" x 14" and heavy! Images below is of the process. More details can be found at www.brainproject.ca such as locations for the instillations (i.e Brickworks and The Distillery) and exhibition dates - June - August 2016. People can vote for specific Toronto locations to be considered for the rest of the brains downtown.
Began cutting and chipping the limestone down to the allotted measurements for the Brain Project. Not shown here is the actual shape of the brain - was able to get the bottom moderately curved. It begins and very pleased to have the the brain roughed in. Will update progress soon.
An interview with Our Toronto's host Marivel Taruc in my home-based studio regarding the beginning of Carved Anatomy and
Took a while to write in respect to this project despite my excited nature. Extremely honoured to be 1 of 50 artists chosen to be a part of Baycrest's The Brain Project; which will be featured all across Toronto at various locations this June. Have a gander of the project and the Baycrest website for more details. Each day, The Brain Project's website unveils locations of which the 50 brains will be housed.
Take a look at the artists involved in the project as well, the city is well represented along with artists from around the globe.
Extremely pleased to have connected in person with the CEO of the CMHA York-Simcoe chapter. It is truly amazing the resources, support and programs this organization has to offer. She was pleased to have an affiliation with the project - and we managed to sort out intentions for future planning revolving the sculpture. Development of showcasing information in respect to the mind-body connection is very sensitive. There are certainly the negative links, of which one with a mental illness could result in poor body management, and another, with injury can result in a poor mental space. Though with the darkness there is always a light. Being active and healthy will result in a positive brain space. It encourages one to simply be happy, encouraged, and stable. Also, the studies of the brain being physically connected with the body by way of feeling (ie. that chemical reaction one feels when you smile or get excited). This is only brushing the surface of how the mind and the body interact are are one with one another. It is amazing! I am elated to have had this conversation and ready to take the next step with the project.
NEXT STEP: Entering a proposal to brainproject.ca in respect to the Baycrest's call-out to individuals to create brains for charity. This is a curated project, downtown Toronto and proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Society.
The first eye is complete with the potential of completing the second eye. I have been in contact with CMHA York-Simcoe and looking to move forward with a full affiliation with them. Providing resources, links and details will surely assist with the entire process of this project. Next step is to continue communication and research in respect to mental and body health. Southlake Regional Hospital and I are slowly connecting - future details will come as they unravel.
Despite already carving an eye out of beautiful white soapstone, I decided to expose the "birth" of the brain. I have begun to cut the shape out of a large black piece of Brazilian soapstone. This stone is pure beauty with it comes to finishing, and despite its "soft" carving properties, this particular stone is extremely strong and resilient. It will take a good chunk of time to come out with the outcome desired. The other side of this stone will be carved into the heart for the project. Looking forward to updating everyone with images.
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