Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Peek into My Studio

You may have heard that my book, Twisted, is a unique collection of dark tales. But it is a little known fact that it also includes a little surprise for the reader: hidden between these pages is my poem Dust, which can be seen as a dance duet between two characters, a man and a woman. The poem starts with him, saying:

From dust you gather me
I beg you on my knee 
Look away—imagine me
The way I used to be
Now shadows spread upon me
Stain by stain 
I shiver. Touch me, heal me
Make me whole again

And it ends with her, saying:


I will not let you blur
These traces in my mind
Of the way we were
Our limbs entwined
I miss you, still resist you, 
Forgive me, for I must
Gather you so gently
From the dust.

Writing this poem has inspired me to sculpt a pose for each verse. You can read the poem, view the sculptures, and even turn each one around, by going here

Now, many of you have asked me, How do you do that, how do you create your pieces, and cast them in bronze? So this time, I am going to give you a peek into my studio, at the moment the two dancers came alive. To imagine the finished piece, just remove the metal armature which holds them up while they are soft, remove the temporary clay support holding her foot, and remove the wires connecting the two figures to the armature, and then--yes! Then you can see how these dancers take flight!






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15 comments:

  1. Yes, flight is inevitable...you art soars!

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  2. wow, very dynamic, which is hard to do!

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  3. Every time I read & see your work, Uvi, I feel elated. This is amazing. How you visualize both in verse and in dimensions and then create it.

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    1. Dear Shyam, I think it is just like the ways you visualize someone you know: you have some sense of their silhouette, profile, face, movement and voice, to guide you in fleshing it out on paper or on some other medium. But somehow, it always falls short of what you had in mind.

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  4. I continue to be enthralled by your work, it brings me a sense of peace and freedom. Just brilliant!

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  5. I can only heartily concur with all the comments here, Uvi. Spectacular!

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  6. You are an amazing talent, not just a poet, but as well an artist of shape and form. I am elevated by your precise work of the dancers and how they unfold with your verse, brilliant indeed my poet.

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    1. Thank you so much Vincent. Means a lot coming from a great poet such as yourself.

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  7. Your talents are breathtaking, Uvi! It is a tremendous pleasure and privilege to know you. :D

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