Moss Robot was recently asked to donate one of our mixed media paintings for the NC Heart Association's Annual Heart Ball Auction.
We set out to make a visual parallel with health and rehabilitation.
In that effort, we chose to work with a strong wood and the same pre-saturated plaster cloth used to make casts for broken limbs.
Each heart is composed of a coupling of copper and wood to hint at the symbiotic and harmonious relationships that must exist to maintain a healthy whole.
The elemental and mirror-like beauty of copper adds a relentless glow.
And this glow casts it’s light at the viewer, drawing them into it’s story — the excitement of life, the heart aflutter — and reflecting it back to them. The triangles represent the intersections of people and experiences and how we determine one's exact place through triangulation — our position as it relates to others.
And just what you have been waiting for, a quick walk-through of our process:
We started by making a tiny, clay model of the piece in order to determine scale and composition (because somebody likes to play with clay while she watches tv).
We cut a 4x4 piece of maple plywood and reinforced the frame. We then cut thin slices of the morado wood, shaped and sanded the pieces and bent and secured them into position. Next, we attached the copper.
We covered everything in plastic and plastered around the elements, then finished by cleaning and treating the wood with lemon oil, painting the final designs and colors and adding sgraffito.
In the end there was a lot of dust and quite a bit of high-fives and hugs.
We're talking about the heart and the human condition here, emotions run high.
We are proud of our results and we were very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Heart Ball and it's cause.
Here's a video made by Studio B of the Heart Ball pre-bid party. You can see our piece in the background of quite a few images.
Thanks for being here,
Lisa and Matt