My next experiment for my FMP (3rd one this week! i am on a roll!) will be to try sculpting using marshmallows in different forms such as regular marshmallows and also Flump marshmallows because i love the colours in them. This is a material i have wanted to try using for a while, and in summer after re-discovering flumps in the supermarket i came up with my own original character : The Flump Bunny, its a cute soft character i was considering for a childrens story, but i am going to use it as my jumping off point for using marshmallow in my work because if i can make a decent rabbit from marshmallow then the possibilities are endless! below is my original character i designed that inspired this idea:
i am also first going to look at real rabbits and think about the shapes and the structure of them as to how i can make them using marshmallow:
i’d like to make few of these sculptures so i really get a handle on using marshmallow, i’d like them in different positions too so it looks like they could be moving 🙂
here’s a few rabbits for inspiration:
i also need to look at sculptures of rabbits, regardless of the material to see how people have created versions of them before:
i liked this one because of the movement in it and its position makes it appear realistic regardless of the material
this one is very simple, which may be a good inspiration for my first try, i need to think also will my sculpture be hollow, or will i make the inside out of something light weight like tin foil and then cover it with marshmallows?
this one is just very sweet!
now my materials:
characteristics of my material:
very soft and malleable
can easily be stuck together by exposing the sticky inside of the marshmallow, by heating the marshmallow or just by conventional glue, i like the idea of mixing toxic glue in with the marshmallow to make it look sweet, but really be very dangerous like my other experiments so far.
cheap and easy to get hold of
Problems of my material:
may be quite flimsy
could break apart when rigorously manipulated
will disintegrate over time , though this could be a benefit if i wanted my work to have a temporary effect
Below are the images from my sketchbook detailing this experiment, i found it challenging to create a rabbit sculpture from such a malleable material. I created the innards for the sculpture from paper and masking take, to keep it light weight like a marshmallow is. But this at times crumbled under the weight of the marshmallows, i varnished my piece with PVA glue because it because very sticky in a matter of days and i wanted to see if i could preserve it for longer.
This is my progress so far, the flumps are quite difficult to work with when they become sticky but i will persevere, but if i use sweet based animals in my work which i am quite keen on because of the prominent news story featuring the murder of kim jongs uncle using innocent starved dogs as murderers. Then i will think of ways of creating animals that are more durable and realistic looking, perhaps purchasing pre fabricated figures to adorn with sweets as opposed to building them from scratch, as artists i think its ok to utilise the works of other artists or manufacturers to aid your own ideas to support the industry 🙂
My finished marshmallow rabbit piece looked a bit too crafty for my liking, and a little frightening compared to the cutesy sweet piece i was trying to create. It was a fun activity that certainly tried my patience at times but it’s helped me learn more about a potential material i could use and the journey is just as important as the final outcome 🙂 i varnished the rabbit with PVA glue after because in a few days it became sticky and started to decay, which is an idea i can explore with other pieces because decay can be beautiful but i’d like to preserve my first attempt at using this material for future reference.