July 24 – 28
Skill level: Open to all skill levels. Basic handbuilding experience is helpful.
The focus of this workshop will be construction techniques, anatomy, and conceptual development in order to create psychologically weighted figures. Students will use coil and slab building and a variety of armatures to build life-sized human busts. Considerable attention will be placed on facial features, skin texture and hands. Gesture, pose and expression will be investigated throughout the fabrication process. Curt will demonstrate his gestural approach to building that uses the expressive qualities of clay through stretching, bending, and manipulating texture to create the realistic human representation he achieves in his work.
Curt LaCross is becoming known for his life-like figurative sculpture. He earned a BFA from Central Michigan University and an MFA in Ceramics from Michigan State University. He is a Professional Art Educator in the Holt Public Schools, Holt, MI. His interest in the human psyche has grown through researching Carl Jung and the archetypal image. He is particularly interested in the shadow archetype and its presence in all humankind. His influences are Lucian Freud, Odd Nerdrum, Ron Mueck, Sam Jinks, Tom Waits, Joel Peter Witkin, Jenny Saville and Jean Michele Basquiat.