t was our recent pleasure to speak with Columbia artist Jennifer Grisham about an exhibit of her work to be displayed at Square Market Cafe & Market, on the square in Columbia.
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Q. What piece are you most proud of? A. My portrait bust of James K. Polk was catalogued by the Smithsonian Institution, but my favorite sculpture is usually the one I just finished. Q. Could you explain the process by which your sculptures are created? A. I make the original sculpture using a polymer clay that can be baked to a leather hardness when finished. I then take the piece to a bronze foundry near Atlanta where a flexible mold is made. From this mold, a wax model is made. I carefully rework the surface to make sure this wax replica is the same as the original. A ceramic mold is then made into which molten bronze is poured. After much filing, sanding and buffing a patina is applied with a blowtorch and a final coat of wax seals the bronze.
Q. How do you work? A. When starting a sculpture I occasionally make a pencil sketch but usually make a small clay model. If it’s to be a large sculpture, an armature or skeleton has to be constructed using PVC pipe, copper pipe, styrofoam and tape.
Q. Why do you do what you do? A. Three dimensional form is endlessly fascinating for me. People’s eyes and hands have always held my interest for some reason. It’s also gratifying to be able to create a portrait of some-
If the sculpture is not to be in bronze, I make the mold myself in my studio and cast the piece in resin or a marble/ stone mixture.
Q. How long have you been doing your artwork? A. I have been making sculptures since I took a studio sculpture class in college. Hooked. I had a wide variety of jobs after that but always made sculpture in my spare time.
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