Benjamin Lignel

Informed choices of techniques and materials with sensitivity to the function of the piece.

The making process begins with developing a conceptual template for an object, by questioning its typical function.  The aesthetical element comes after.  Casting is used when the form of a piece requires a soft, curved, organic feel such as Flacid and Wedding Goblets.  Stamping is used for pieces that are intended to be repeated, and require speed of production (see Happy Family).  Fabrication is used for objects where parts are moveable, or need to be sandwiched together such as Bucket Sr., Circuit III, Lets Splay and Soc.  This technique is the closest to the traditional image of the sculptor who works directly with the material, manipulating it to transform their ideas into real pieces.  Fabrication is the most unforgiving as it relies on personal skills and does not usually allow corrections.  However, it has been chosen for a different reason, and one that is required in any development process the need to negotiate between the right amount of material to achieve the right result, and the structural demands imposed by the object.  Achieving this balance is the most exciting part of the process.




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