Crying in a stormy sea

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Project by refael posted 04-10-2018 03:52 PM 574 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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H 27 cm W 23 cm

The thought process of creating an interesting sculpture from a piece of hollow wood

For several years I have had a piece of hollow wood with a few holes. I do not know why, but I liked it. I took it home hoping I could sculpt him. From time to time I took a look at it but I could not find a way to sculpt him. The trees I had sculpted so far were filled with wood, so I could remove parts of them to shape a statue. The hollow tree had nothing to remove. I had two more pieces of wood that were actually remnants of statues. One day I decided to throw them away but I hesitated and looked at them again. Maybe I could still sculpt something from them. Many sorts of combinations came to my mind, but I did not like any of them. I concentrated again on the hollow tree. I noticed that it is too long and I cut it into two parts. I tried to combine the two parts but it did not help.
One part was longer than the other, so I took off a piece of it. The result was two pieces of almost equal size and a third little one. I do not know why, but I cut the third part along it. The result reminded me of a boat, so I had an idea to combine the two other inside the boat. I checked this combination and noticed that the holes in the hollow trees reminded me of open mouths. I looked again and in my imagination I saw first two trees shouting, and then… two figures shouting. A boat with two figures shouting…. Something is missing…. Sea is missing. I looked for a picture of sea to stick it on a flat wooden platter on which the boat would stand.
I imagined a boat in the sea with two screaming figures, so the picture I chose was of a stormy sea. The hollow pieces of wood were not strong enough to connect them with screws, I choose to connect them with Superglue. The boat and the rest of the parts were easily pasted but it was difficult to stick the boat on the surface. A direct paste attempt failed because the boat’s touch on the surface was of a line. I have considered various support options for pasting but the additional parts for reinforcements bothered me.
I understood then that a flexible broker must be between the boat and the platform. The flexibility of the broker will allow it to stick to an area of the boat rather than on a line.

-- Refael,

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 05:42 PM

The piece is very striking, but the story of how you came to create it truly makes it that much more meaningful. Thank you for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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