Latex and Resin

Thinking further about ways to preserve all the rusty objects and the idea that these had been encased in the mud at the base of the reservoirs for decades I began thinking about ways that we preserve sentimental items. Resin was an obvious choice to me for experimentation. I began by making two moulds one from a house brick and the other from a cast iron water grid that I had acquired previously. Once the moulds were made I missed the pouring resin and poured an initial layer into the brick mold before leaving to gellify. At this point I…

Fragments and Latex – Part 3

Wanting to continue on from my previous experimentations in Fragments and Latex – Part 1 – Objects and Fragments and Latex – Part 2 – Prints and Rusting Objects I decided to further this work by using the latex to lift the rust from the objects and produce a more cohesive piece of work. Although this line of enquiry has been looking at lots of fragmented objects, they all have a commonality about them in the fact that they are objects that evoke a memory of a past (home, life, experience, situation). I laid out my objects on a piece of glass from an old glass…

Latex Observations

I spent some time re-discovering the use of latex as an artist medium. Below are some observations.  Latex Paint can be thickened. You cant apply latex over someone’s skin. Contaminants interfere with the latex when curing, though as an artist this is probably of benefit. Brush Latex on in thin layers – Ensure there are no air bubbles Each layer takes approximately 30 minutes to dry Four or Five Layers minimum, up to 10 for larger items. Poured latex will take up to 24 hours to dry. Use loosely woven fabric for reinforcement. Don’t reinforce areas that need to stretch…

Fragments and Latex – Part 1 – Objects

While on my site visits I collect some fragments of buildings that had previously been underwater- only small rusty metal parts and broken pottery that most would overlook – however in these broken remains I see the life that these objects once had and the representation of the lost communities and the collective memories having become distorted – no longer like their original state – a metaphor for our own personal memories that become distorted over time. I’m still experimenting with latex and wanted to see what objects I could produce that show the essence of the space that the…

Roof Slates and Latex

I previously had an idea to latex the roof slates and decided to put this idea into action. I had in my mind a larger sculptural piece of work and saw potential in using the slates I had previously gathered to create this piece. I also had a desire to investigate potential projection surfaces and latex could possibly provide me with a suitable surface to project onto. As part of this task I also wanted to estimate how much liquid latex I would need to create a large sculptural piece and some estimation would be required as to the number…