A summer project from Plymouth School of Art: Find a stick and use it, in terms of a source of material and inspiration, to make something.
| || || || "Shtick" is derived from the Yiddish word shtik (שטיק), meaning "piece".|
In common usage, the word shtick has also come to mean any talent, style, habit, or other eccentricity for which a person is particularly well-known.
(Excerpts of Wikipedia definition)
Several years ago I found 2 peculiar sticks in the garden, both of which had branched and then fused together.
| || || || The big one looked like a big fish jaw. A couple of years ago I stripped off the bark, smoothed and polished it. || |
| || || ||The smaller one languished in my workshop until it was "re-discovered" for this project. || |
| || || ||I could see heads in the stick... || |
| || || || ...so I played around, drawing some onto images of the stick using Photoshop, with the idea of the stick biting itself.|| |
| || || || I mounted it on a bit of slate I had knocking around in the garden....|| |
| || || || ..and highlighted the heads using small amounts of red, white and black acrylic paint.|| |
| || || || I like the way the heads acquired characters/attitudes, like the angry one in this picture. |
I also "found" some extra heads - the horse, to the right, which somehow looks male and long-suffering.
| || || ||..and this one, at the base of the shtick, which looks female and has an air of innocence about it.|| |
| || || ||At the top of the stick, the insides are showing. It must have been damaged while it was still growing because the bark has healed around the hole. |
I painted it red because it was the inside of the stick, the flesh, but I didn't like it.
| || || ||All the way along I'd been resisting the temptation to improve the heads by carving them. I knew it would be a mistake because it would destroy the natural character of the stick. |
Then it occurred to me that I could carve the top bit, which I didn't like painted red anyhow. After some deliberation I carved the bottom half of a person diving into the top of the stick (or is he, too, being eaten?)
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I'm calling it "My Shtick" because it's my sort of thing.
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