Black and white photograph of a clay sculpture of a female head
Marie Smith, Stephanie, 2022

Marie Smith

Stephanie, 2022

Fired clay on wooden stand | 41 x 25 x 25 cm 

‘I worked directly with Stephanie (the sitter) for two days, modelling the portrait in clay. During this time, I was able to get a likeness through looking and a sense of her spirit through spending time with her. Stephanie has a unique style. I felt it was important to highlight her shaved hair and eye makeup, although it was challenging to do so in clay. Taking the information I had collected from our time together, I was able to finish the portrait over a long period in my studio. When the clay had been prepared and dried, it was fired in a kiln. This is the piece you see today.’


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