I made Kylie in a sculpture class in my first year at the Sydney Gallery School in 2002. Everyone in the class made one. We had to copy a Greek head using Hebel block. They no longer use this material for sculpture for safety reasons – dust, I think. Somebody said ” we ought to give her a name”. Someone else said, “what about Kylie?” And it was agreed. She is Kylie.
Sculpture was a mandatory class. I was hopeless at it. My hands and wrists are weaker than average due to having polio when I was two years old. Luckily I had a kind teacher, who would say ” show me where you want to cut, and I will do it for you”. I not only passed, but got a credit, much to my surprise. Probably for attendance.
I have had a lot of experience with faux finishes in the past. Kylie previously had a different finish…pewter. She lives on the floor in the lounge and holds back the door when the breeze blows through and it would otherwise slam. As I have been redecorating my lounge to a certain extent, I decided to do Kylie with a verdigris finish. I have another “head”. It is a self-portrait in clay, which was easier on the hands. That one is also in verdigris and lives in the kitchen. Doesn’t look a lot like me, but there is a bit of resemblance.
So this week, when I had cleared away my daily bookcloth-making equipment, I would put another layer of paint on Kylie. It took me a couple of days as the weather is cold and I wanted to be certain each coat and the dribbles of paint were totally dry. She is back in place now and the colour looks great.