Parts Series #7

9/5/91, 8 1/4″ diameter, mixed media with celastic. Private Collection.

This cosmic sphere was a joy to create. It was constructed on a styrofoam ball with an underlayer of white gesso, sanded and painted black. Layering color over black somehow makes the color pop. The bands spanning the circumference of the sphere are cut from a material called celastic which is used for taxidermy (reminds me of the movie “Hope Floats”!) and puppetry. Celastic is a plastic impregnated fabric which molds to any shape. It used to stick to itself (back in 1991), but now you have to go through gyrations to get it to adhere. Oh well . . . there are so many things that don’t do what they used to, yes?