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WRAPPINGS, 2010

Wrappings explores identity, process and the mediums of photography and sculpture, which have long intersected in complex ways historically, theoretically and aesthetically.

While visiting the sculpture department at Central Technical School in Toronto, I witnessed students sculpting portrait busts out of clay. This process carries over for many weeks, and in the intermediary stages the busts are protected with wrappings of damp cloths and plastics to keep the clay from drying out. This stage of the process imbues them with mystery as the clay breathes underneath the formed layers and the resulting condensation drips beneath the underside of the plastics.

The materials found to preserve these works in progress are assembled seemingly without the same formulated attention as that given to their potential creations. However these wrappings seem to express more about each individual student than the evolving clay forms beneath.

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