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Originally designed/created for a restaraunt I owned, called Angels In The Park, the Angel Doors are 7ft by 7ft. Wherever you see wood, there will be stained glass. This relief sculpture invites touch and interaction. The medium used here is an oil based clay.
(Above) Frontal view of Female Angel figure.
Constructed out of toothpicks and cement glue, it is the incredible architectural design of this late genius's formula for the dome that makes this sculpture so strong. When I looked at his drawings, and looked at the female figure, it all came together!
Sculpting "Going Against The Current" was a challenge because it had to be made in only 12 hours! Water based clays, such as the terracotta this was made from, are not as durable or long lasting in their pliable form. That's why the detail is not as strong as that in the oil based clay utilized in the Angel Doors above.
This particular piece had a lot of meaning because it was commissioned by the EwomenNetwork Foundation. EWomenNetwork is a company dedicated to helping women network and create/discover new opportunities for and from each other. EwomenNetwork has helped me tremendously in regards to making connections to further my career, both in the art world and in my non-profit endeavors as well. So when Sandra Yancy, Ewomen's CEO, asked me to create a sculpture for their new non-profit, The EwomenNetwork Foundation, I couldn't miss a chance to repay them for all that their vision has done for me!
The piece is of two women helping each other to climb a cliff in spite of a mighty current. A tree in the background has half its roots in the water, and half arround a rock. Part of it gives life to the whole, and part of it gives strength to the whole, just like the women working together: By helping each other, they are helping themselves.
It was a privledge to create a piece which expresses my admiration for a vision that has touched my life, personally as well as professionally. My happiness became even greater when Dale Martin, the company's Vice President, ended up purchasing the piece for the corporate offices, as she felt it "embodies what we(EwomenNetwork) are all about!"
"I believe that Mary Ann's wonderful travels and different experiences permeate her work and create an exciting future for her in the art world. The development of her work has been profound over the past eight years. Her work is limitless, just like her future."
Interior Designer with Stephan Stefanou's Dallas based Design Solutions
(At Right) Close up of Melpomene's mask before casting.
Before the casting occurs, the sculpture is created by an oil based clay.
It will later be taken apart and covered with a rubber mold.
(At left) Thalia Mask. The relief sculpture portion of this work had to also utilize a plaster cast and details such as the hair, the hollowing of the mouth, teeth, tongue, and nails had to be redone after the wax was completed. This is becasue of all the "undercuts" in the original piece.