Mackenzie Fedoruk & Oliver Chard
What is fascinating to me, are people who have the strength to live a fearless authentic life to the fullest extent. Their life lines read like a map, every crease enkindles an image of their essence of who they are now, or once were. Through sculpture and stipple drawing I share my perspective of these souls that have passed us their knowledge. My art allows me to communicate the stories of the subjects I chose to portray, connecting emotion through posture, position and character.
Oliver Chard is an artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba who has also lived and practiced in the UK and Denmark. He divides his time between his practice as a sculptor and artistic production in the film industry. He studied sculpture at Emily Carr University where his interest shifted towards the literal and the figurative. After making a tour of the European wax anatomical collections, especially those at La Specola in Florence and the Josephinum in Vienna, he has experimented with wax as a medium that allows him to work between realism and the surreal.
Process and materials,
The original model was made of clay and cast, using a silicone mold, into wax. One wax cast for each sculpture. The wax casts were then altered to the form of each unique sculpture and then re cast into concrete or cement. The concrete/cement was thoroughly mixed before pouring and then thoroughly vibrated using a vibrating table after being poured, to reach maximum strength and detail. Each concrete/cement cast was wet cured for a week before being broken out of their Molds, then treated with a curing/hardening agent to increase strength and then finally treated with two coats of boiled linseed oil. The wooden base for the sculptures is cut from reclaimed fir that is roughly 100 years old. All three sculptures are reinforced with ½” rebar and 1/8” steel rods. All three sculptures have been curing for a year