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FRANCES ØSTERFELT

Puppets and Art

Treasure, treasure everywhere!

Metal has always intrigued me - it offers so many possibilities.

A recycling center is like Ali Baba's cave with exciting jewels. Wire, scrap, whatever.

These are some of the results of my exploration.

April

The month of April in a series of figures representing the months of the year.

April, meeting the sun and rain with equanimity. The world lies at her feet.

Materials used: metal and steel wire, netting from window filters.

The 3 Gracias

Projected fountain in Farum Park, Denmark

Materials used: metal and steel wire.

Glass and Wire

A journey through the yellow pages revealed several glassblowers not far from Copenhagen. However, the size of my work requires a sizeable oven and I had to visit several glassblowers before I finally found one 90 km away.

A basket of steel wire is the start. After being heated in an oven at 520-530 degrees celsius, molten glass (1100 degress celsius) is blown into the form. The resulting sculpture is then slowly cooled to room temperature.

The metal wire and glass work with and against one another to give surprising form.

Mermaid

A brass horn from a Ford A "India" car, found at a flea market, shouted out to me that it was the perfect home for a mermaid.

Materials used: Brass horn and Cernite modeling wax.

Woodland Folly

A garden shovel that saw better days, a piece of wood from the forest that made me think of a saucy bird, and Cernite modelling wax - ingredients for a Woodland Folly.

3D doodles?

The metal wire sculptures have an added quirk in that they seem to lose a dimension in photographic reproduction and appear to be simple pencil squiggles on paper.

Friends

This friendly whale is not about to eat the little guy; but offers him shelter. And the little guy is great company in a lonely world.

The sculpture is constructed of chain mail made from copper wire and scraps of copper sheeting found at various recycling centers.