Blue Volcano, part 5: Why volcanos?

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The set-up for the skinner blend.
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The skinner blend placed onto the sheet of black clay.
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The sheet is placed on the horse. Still I haven’t smothered it out.

My inspiration for the volcano horses are is the name suggests volcanoes. I imagine that it can symbolize something powerful that is on the inside, something that possibly – or maybe – can come out, as an explosion or as a volcanic eruption.

When I create the expression of a new horse sculpture I also consider the horses’ capabilities and limitations. Can I somehow get into this warm – or cold – that comes from within, without making it look like a catastrophe? Can I somehow convey it into showing the inner power? Am I able to make it consistent with other elements found in a horse’s design language?

Naturally, I thought of the mane and the tail. A volcano is a rupture in the crust. My idea for the first volcano horse was to let the black surface, like the earth’s crust,  continue up and like a volcano form an exterior of the mane and tail and at the same time let the interior col
ors fade over on the inside.

The last volcano horse I sculpted had warm colors. This horse will have cold colors between blue and green. But it won’t be cold as its stance will give it a warm and active impression.

I made a skinner blend from green to blue. I put it on a sheet of black clay. Then I cut it out and shaped it around the horse’s neck and back and smothered it out to follow the form of the body.

In the next blog post, you will be able to see the finished horse.

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