This video is about my time in Florence, Italy, and making my first portrait sculpture at The Florence Studio over two separate weeks there in December 2016 and January 2017.
The process is to learn by copying one of Frank Rekrut's portrait sculptures, he is my teacher. I found it an intensely absorbing experience of being lost in micro focus for hours with mini breaks to eat and drink and call on teaching. Frank and I developed an understanding of when to learn and when to give me the space to get on and sculpt. I know little about anatomy, so I was heavily reliant on what I could see. I found the process became more difficult as it came to refining the detail towards the end stages, and a couple of time the tools were just thrown at the floor. It was then that I gave up the hot lemon and honey drinks (it is winter) for the prosecco on hand in the fridge.
The song Beautiful Child by Rufus Wainwright is one of my favourites and was perfect for this, echoing feeling like a frustrated, incompetent child when learning something new and needing to be taught, but also the shear wondrous joy of discovery.
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