Friday, March 16, 2012

A Hound on Stage

I just finished working on my first paid gig today, and I wanted to share with you all what I made. So last Wednesday I got a message from a professor of mine that someone had asked if she knew any sculptors. Of whom she mentioned me (if she hadn't, you wouldn't be sitting here reading these words right now). For this I give my many thanks to Jamie Hogan, someone who always knows how to push me to excellence.

So I got in touch with Portland Stage Company immediately and was commissioned the next day to sculpt a prop for their next play, Heroes. Last Friday I got to take  a chainsaw to a block of Styrofoam and make a mess of their workshop. Between then and now, with various power tools, saws and files, I've been going in whenever I got the chance to chip away that block until I found that this had been in there all along. It was a unique challenge for me considering that this is the first time I've worked in Styrofoam and the largest sculpture I've ever worked on.

(This is Anita Stewart in the background, Portland Stage's Executive and Artistic Director, painting the set walls.)

I am looking forward to seeing the play, after which I will be showing some shots of the fully painted sculpture on stage. I've been told he's kinda the fourth character in the play (I hope he gets good lines). 

It is so awesome to be a part of this experience, and I hope it paves the way for many more like it in the near future. As always, thanks for stopping by to see my work!