Following on from my experimentation with a wire-framed hand last term, as well as casting hands using Marigold gloves, I found myself in Wilkinson’s and as I was wandering the aisles, I came across latex gloves and immediately had an idea. I brought the packet of latex gloves into uni the next day.
I created a wire armature, in the same nature as I did with my sculptural hand last term. Once I was happy with its framework, I spent half an hour carefully pulling a latex glove over the open framework. I found this tedious and frustrating, but was worth it in the long run.
I observed the framework for a while and decided to alter its skeleton – I started bending and manipulating the shape, so the fingers were more bent and looked like the hand was curling. Once I was happy with the shape, I went down to the plaster room to really experiment.
I mixed up a pint of plaster and once it was starting to set, I scooped up copious amounts of plaster into my hand and started to spread it across the latex glove. I had no idea if the plaster would stick to the latex or if this would even work, so it was a mystery gamble! Once the plaster dried out, there was chunks of plaster missing, with the latex showing through underneath. As soon as I go material shopping, I will be adding further to this material experimentation.