Wire Sculpture

Inspiration and Idea Development

Looking at the wire as a medium, it immediately made me think of continuous line drawings, particularly with bodies and faces.

Work-in-process

I ended up making two wire sculptures with continuous line faces as the inspiration. I started off making a larger face (see completed pictures below), however I found that I needed to use a lot of wire for the bigger piece in order to keep it structurally secure. Because I had to use a lot of wire, I think I ended up making the piece look messy. After this first piece I made a quick smaller version with way less wire. By using less wire, I had more of an impact because the facial features are more defined.

Sculpture #1 Wire piece

Sculpture #1 Wire piece

Sculpture #2 piece

Sculpture #2 piece

Both pieces together

Both pieces together

Reflection

These pieces are called “Human Study with Wire”. I have always been attracted to continuous line drawings. Not just the finished product, but also the process of drawing them. To me the process of making sculpture with wire is similar to drawing a continuous line drawing. I did not have an immediate emotional response to this format of creating art, or to the finished pieces I created. But I think they look neat. However this is not something I would want to make more of and hang on my walls.  

I created this shape because I want to focus on human faces. For these two pieces, I did not have an exact face in mind, but I did practice continuous line drawings in my visual journal before making these sculptures. I use the same wire for my floral business as we were given for this project, so I was able to use additional material for my larger piece. For both pieces, I made them by using mainly one long piece of wire. For Sculpture #1, I needed to add a more wire because it was a larger piece and needed lots of wire to make it structurally sound. I think using a lot of wire It was difficult to work with such a long piece of wire, however, I preferred the way it looked not having to tie in more separate pieces of wire. I think this piece would look interesting in a flatter version so that it could be placed in a glass frame case to be hung. 

I feel pretty good about these pieces, I like the smaller one a lot more. I don’t know if wire is really my favourite medium, it is a little too stiff for my liking and it doesn’t have much texture. To me it feels more of a masculine/industrious material. I think I prefer to work with materials that are more organic in their nature. The work for this project was not extremely challenging for me because I work with wire all the time in my floral design business (ie flower crowns and boutonnieres). Most of the time in my work the wire is not for show, it is hidden by flowers and is just used to hold things together. It was different process to work with wire that will be actually shown on its own. I had no large technical issues with this project, and I am generally happy with the end results.