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Fun With Latex

Fun With Latex

I apologize for the salacious title, however I just wanted to make a quick post to show one of the projects I’ve been working on as of recent. Behold, the jellyfish-and my very filthy little hands! Here you are treated to a rare glimpse of me without gloves. I’m hypersensitive to electromagnetic currents and can only do without them when I’m sculpting- but I’ll explain that peculiarity another day.

Photo on 9-23-13 at 8.07 AM #2

Yes, it’s poor resolution I know, my studio’s a rathole and my work-shirt harkens a bit to Beetlejuice (or perhaps Robin Thicke minus the sex appeal,) but let’s try and focus on the jellyfish. I’ve been trying to capture my work before I send it off to perspective clients, or as I prefer-adopted families. I’ve been very bad about doing this up until now. This little fellow, who I’ve named Mercucio, is made of a combination latex and plastic polymer. It’s extremely messy work, and I’m still playing with the matrix, but I’m fairly happy with the results thus far.  Here’s a closer shot.

Photo on 9-23-13 at 8.08 AM #6

And once again at a tastier resolution- and with my favorite short gloves! I do wish I’d been able to create a more translucent body for him. My original vision was on the blue underlayer remaining visible through the top bubble. Unfortunately, after many attempts, I wasn’t able to reach that trifecta of stability, translucence and smoothness. When I reached perfect translucence, the dome was too brittle, and either wouldn’t survive the mold or was lumpy and uneven. When I made it perfectly stable, it lost it’s translucence. This is a happy medium I suppose. In the light, the dome isn’t totally opaque like it looks here.

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You can see some of the painted texture I added to the flagella here (those long whiplike appendages.) I felt the translucent white was a bit too monotonous. Unfortunately, my shirt makes it hard to see much detail, and the piece really looks best when it can respond to the light, so I took a few shots of it, displayed how it was properly meant to be seen.

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Yes, swimming through the woodlands, as jellyfish so often do. Here you can better see the sheen on it’s body, and the translucence of the flagella. This little fellow is ready to leave the nest. Hopefully Mercucio will enjoy his new life with his adopted parents.

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106 Comments

  1. lee · January 19, 2014 Reply

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    ñïñ çà èíôó.

  2. norman · January 19, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ!!

  3. adrian · January 19, 2014 Reply

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    thanks for information!!

  4. Ryan · January 19, 2014 Reply

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    ñïàñèáî!

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Ryan, that’s a chapter in my life I have officially closed the book on. I’ll thank you not to reopen old wounds!

  5. vincent · January 20, 2014 Reply

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    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Vincent, I adore you, but we both just have to accept that it’s over between us. Pretty words like “ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!” come easy to a poet like yourself, but can you honestly say that you are ready to share your life with me? Will you sacrifice your independence, your freedom and be there for no other reason than because I need to be held, or just want another living, breathing person to validate that I’m alive? Somehow, I doubt it, I know you too well. We had our fun Vincent, and I’ll never forget you, but let’s not pretend things are still the same between us.

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Ahh Freddie, you old so and so, no need to thank me, it would be irresponsible of me to not share such pertinent information!

  6. Matthew · January 20, 2014 Reply

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    ñïñ çà èíôó.

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      I have done masks ad head pieces in the past but I’ve been so busy as of recent that, regrettably, I just haven’t had the time!

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Look, I love fly fishing just as much as the next guy, but I’m not sure what you’re proposing is ethical, or moral for that matter.

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Nine Inch Nails wasn’t a bad band really, but speaking as a person who lived through all the hype they kicked up in the 90′s, I’d honestly have to say I find them a bit overrated.

    • ziomarco · January 20, 2014 Reply

      Let’s give it up for Ruben everybody! Hey Ruben, glad you could join us, and as usual, I’m always happy to help!

  7. joseph · January 21, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ!

    • ziomarco · January 21, 2014 Reply

      Yes, I agree, I really should post more of my sculptural work on here. I haven’t had the chance lately, what with working three jobs and scouting literary agents, but I suppose I really can’t afford to neglect this any longer.

    • ziomarco · January 21, 2014 Reply

      Dale, do you honestly suppose I can’t detect the sarcasm in your words? Rather than pick apart my work, why not go forth and write something of your own? No, I suppose that would require you to lay your soul bare and take the risk that others out there might hurl insults and derision your way. It truly is the coward who hides behind critique.

    • ziomarco · January 21, 2014 Reply

      Nine Inch Nails is what I like to call a gateway band, a stepping stone into grander, more developed works of industrial music, such as that offered by Massimo Toniutti! Così Straordinario!

    • ziomarco · February 14, 2014 Reply

      An interesting point and well argued. I’m going to have to look over my notes again I see.

  8. duane · February 14, 2014 Reply

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    ñïñ çà èíôó!

  9. Louis · February 14, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðþ!!

  10. Charles · February 14, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ.

  11. Louis · February 19, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðþ!!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      Heavens! I wish I had known that sooner! I had gads of head cheese stockpiled, but finally gave in and ate it all last night in a drunken stupor. Had I known it had this potential for use in crafts I would have executed more restraint!

  12. barry · February 19, 2014 Reply

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    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      I must take great care in how I reply to this, one false move could surely mean the end…hi?

  13. Curtis · February 21, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ.

    • ziomarco · February 23, 2014 Reply

      CURTIS! I’ll have you know there are children who read this site! This is not the forum for such vulgarity!

  14. Angelo · February 21, 2014 Reply

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    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó.

  15. Tony · February 21, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ!

  16. timothy · February 21, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðñòâóþ!!

    • ziomarco · February 23, 2014 Reply

      Fredrick, do you think I can’t smell the sarcasm dripping off your remark? Who do you think you’re impressing with that tired old schtick? This isn’t the 90′s and you are not Janane Garofalo! Get over yourself, everyone else already has!

    • ziomarco · February 23, 2014 Reply

      Victor, always the wicked flirt! You cad you, what if your wive(s) were to find out about our love affair. Your brazenness just makes me want you all the more! Take me into your arms and break my heart again!

  17. Ruben · February 23, 2014 Reply

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    ñïñ çà èíôó!

    • ziomarco · February 24, 2014 Reply

      I’m like a lumberjack, but rather than falling trees I’m falling untruths and ignorance…nah, actually I’m just the opposite of that.

  18. derek · February 24, 2014 Reply

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    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!

  19. nathan · February 26, 2014 Reply

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    áëàãîäàðåí.

  20. gerald · February 26, 2014 Reply

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    ñïàñèáî çà èíôó!

  21. timothy · August 26, 2014 Reply

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    благодарствую!

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