Constructing My Canvas…Again

For my thesis final exhibit I want to build a canvas and paint on it, much like I did in my previous larger piece, but I want this to be more three dimensional and stretching out further across the wall.  I’m not sure if you can tell but a canvas is hiding beneath the foam so I can easily hang this sculpture when it comes time for installation.  This piece is inspired by a seemingly infinite staircase in my family lake house.

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Building My Canvas

 

I’m still in the process of constructing my canvas out of installation foam.  I carved the foam and then used wood filler to smooth out the jagged edges and surfaces of the foam.  I’m not in the process of sealing off the foam forms with gesso.  This is a lot more labor intensive than I thought because each shape needs several coats of gesso and has to have an even coat.  I’m encouraged by the result and am looking forward to adding additional dimensions when I paint over it with oils.