2019 Bozzetti

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About the Bozzetti

You may be familiar with maquette, the French term for a small version of an intended sculptural or architectural endeavour. A bozzetto is the Italian equivalent. Just as a sketch for a master painting may retain a spark unique unto itself, one that may not translate into the larger, more finished work, the tiny bozzetti often have their own charms. I began making them daily during a portion of my residency at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. Each is generally born as an hour-long-or-less exercise without a direct source or model: I sit down and follow what I sense in the clay or other material. Unlike daily sketching in a sketchbook or writing in a journal, the bozzetti eventually take up lots of space, and many are squished! Some pieces may be developed further, transitioned into a permanent material, and produced in a limited edition when a collector expresses an interest or there is a quiet moment to pursue one that interests me personally.

 

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Clay

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Three hairs

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Clay

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Orange peel