Materials and Techniques
Clay: This is the principal material in which I work, even if it is just used for making moulds for casting pieces in other finishes, such as ceramics. I am particularly interested in organic shapes and their stylized forms, either when basing my work on live models or creating imaginary pieces.
Terracotta: Using various types and applications of clay, depending on the technical requirements in each case. I prefer to sculpt using live models, but some of my best work has been based on the results of a photo shoot or other collection of pictures. These busts or sculptures made of terracotta can in turn be used to form other materials, such as bronze, papier-mâché, plaster, etc.
Depiction/Busts: I strive to capture the small facial inflections that turn a bland piece into something to cherish.
Ceramics: Using various clay recipes – sometimes mixed with fire clay powder or using different clay grain sizes – I model three dimensional shapes or reliefs, which I fire once before applying the glaze, and a second time to create ceramics. As with other techniques, I pay close attention to the colours and textures, because with ceramics, unexpected (and sometimes wonderful) surprises often happen.
Terra Cruda/Raw Adobe: Made from clay, straw and sand, I use terra cruda to create sculptural forms, be it via plaster moulds, hands on with the ‘dough’, or in brick form. Also I have a large portfolio of ecological building work using variations of the mix for earth renders inside homes and for the construction of ovens. I like to make features of the imperfections of the material to exploit cracks, flakes or pebbles on the surface.
Papier-mâché: With this technique I can create three-dimensional shapes and bas-reliefs, using moulds made from clay models as discussed above. The technique of papier- mâché allows me to create lightweight pieces that often get used in installations.
Bronze: In addition to its durability, which is why it is suitable for the production of monuments, bronze allows me to model works for which I need to use thin layers. Additionally, it gives me the ability to weld multiple parts, fused separately to compose both large and small pieces.
Limestone: Using the local limestone, I make sculptures, fountains, stacks and sinks. Although I prefer to carve Carrara marble, stone gives me satisfaction through perseverance – every little stroke frees the character within the stone. When I work the stone I feel the weight, strength and the irreversibility of the act.