Jennine Parker Sculpture
I see shapes in everything around me, from patterns in knotted wood to shapes that inanimate objects make. I take lots of photographs of weathered stones and walls which can inspire the textured finish to a piece of my work. My affinity is with clay and this is the main material I like to work with, but depending on the type of sculpture I want to produce, sometimes this necessitates me working in wax or plaster, using and experimenting with different materials changes the look and dynamics of my work. I generally hand-build each piece using a wet clay or an oil-based clay depending on the final result I want to achieve. I usually work with a block of clay that I carve into. However, when using oil-based clay, I create a wireframe to give me the flexibility to end into the desired shape. I build the sculpture onto the frame from tiny pieces of clay, smoothing over as the layers build up. I add detail and adjust the shape as I go along. Once the piece is completed, it is sent off to the foundry where they then produce the piece in Bronze (using a lost-wax process). This results in a wonderful transition from clay to bronze which is the final evolution of the creative process.