Thursday, September 16, 2010

In the Artist's Studio


A few weeks ago I posted some photographs of Birmingham sculptor Frank Fleming here. I promised you many more, so today we take a trip to Frank's studio. Frank is known for his large metal pieces often depicting flora and/or fauna , so I was shocked to see that he works in a small room in his home. I was fascinated by his work table where he crafts his wax molds. The first ( well maybe the second?) step in the creative process. Next time, some of his finished work!

UPDATE: I have chatted with Frank recently and he tells me that is a turtle shell that he is using for a mold.

And earlier post featuring his wonderful fountain in Five Points is here.

Wax molds of his famous figs!

12 comments:

Petrea said...

I like these shots. Very personal peeks at the artist's space.

TheChieftess said...

I swear this is true...my first thought when I saw this photo was "why is V taking a picture of an empty tortoise shell?" thinking that it was newly emptied...

Interesting piece!

altadenahiker said...

Oh, this feels so inside the head. Actually, initially, I thought it was a skull. Well done.

Bibi said...

Oh, these are great! Coincidence in #1--just sent around an email to my colleagues to see if anyone wanted a pair of my reading glasses that I've outgrown. They look just like the artist's!

Daryl said...

those figs look edible.. looking forward to seeing more of his work ...

steviewren said...

You go to the best places!

Paula said...

Many many artists work in small spaces and produce great results.

Virginia said...

Thank you all. Frank Fleming is an amazing talent. I felt very fortuante to be able to spend the day with him and see where he works. I can't wait to share more photos.

Ken Mac said...

is that a turtle? a shoe? a purse? Wow

Bob Crowe said...

Yeah, let's see it! I could not have identified what's in the top photo unless you told us. Might have guesses some mollusk brought up from Mobile.

Virginia said...

OK, the top photo is a wax mold. I don't know of what. I know it looks like a skull, a tortoise shell, a mollusk,,, ya'll are very creative! :)

T. Becque said...

The lighting in these photos is lovely.