My first surrealistic piece

Saturday 25, Sept. 2010

Maybe it’s the Belgian air, perhaps a recent visit to the Magritte museum, or being back in an art class at the RHOK Academie but something great happened today: I created my first surrealistic 3-D object.



It was my second exercise since starting the course last Thursday. Tjerrie Verhellen, my teacher, gave me a half of a broken brick and asked me to find something that fit next to the irregularly broken side. Once I found such object, he said, it will be interesting to look at how the 2 parts, the broken brick (positive) and the other piece (negative) will look like next to each other, and you can then develop the new piece in an novel direction. I was in a hurry so I went for the fastest way to get the job done and I grabbed some plastiline and pressed it against the broken side of the brick, wrapped the new object in a plastic bag and headed to RHOK.

When I showed Tjerrie how I approached the exercise he gave me some clay working tools and encouraged me to develop the plastiline part in an interesting way. Last Thursday Tjerry told me about the water theme
he gave his class for this year in view of preparing a student exhibit. So, I first I shaped the plastiline (negative) part into a flowing line form reminiscent of a water drop, and also of a dolphin dorsal fin, or a wave.

Tjerry looked at what I had done and suggested continuing from the lines and texture made by the broken brick into the plastiline part. That’s when I noticed that the broken part of the brick (positive) showed part of
round hole. This reminded me of the round top part of a keyhole.

So, continuing from that hole I carved into the plastiline the rest of the keyhole. Tjerry liked my idea and asked me to stop right then and there and placed the whole thing on a pedestal. Later we will make a mold and a cast.

In the context of my class, the keyhole, when combined with the wave form, for me is a symbol for the unlocking (enabling or freeing) of my artistic potential and, as it happens, my first surrealistic piece!