“Order of Life, Gen. II” by Tomi La Pierre, Member-at-Large, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Cast stone (11×16)
From the artist:
Sometimes I create a sculpture that gives me multiple ideas for its use. Such was the case when I finished work on “Order of Life.” The cast piece was headed for a show in Taos, New Mexico, at the Millicent Rogers Museum. After the show, the work kept rambling around in my head. Months went by and I would pull out the mold and think of how I might reuse it. Often, my reimagined work is even more interesting than the original.
As many of my bas-reliefs utilize handmade papers either as a background or incorporated in some fashion, I went shopping at my paper provider’s site. I purchased several odd but fascinating sheets in copper, silver, and gold colors. When they arrived, I set them out to decide on best use and realized that “Order of Life, Gen II” could combine the casting with the striking papers — my own approach to award medals — but in copper, silver, and gold.
I cast the mask in a sculptor’s medium, with polymers and fibers providing great texture. After completing the casting in a commercial finish, I mounted the mask on the paper-covered board and added additional embellishments.
The copper unit is as you see. The silver unit has beading. The gold unit has bangles. All incorporate the original casting and are basically one of a kind. I enjoy reimagining my sculptures and hope the altered pieces provide a link in the viewer’s mind with my past sculptures in bronze and cast glass.