Half-lifesize Hydrocal © CDW
In my depiction of the Seventh Station Jesus has fallen for the second time and a sorrowful Mary Magdalene reaches out to him. Jesus looks and reaches out to hold her hand. Simon is holding the cross and a soldier is helping to pull it up. An officer leans over the cross to observe and to the right of Mary Magdalene a Pharisee passes judgement on the scene.
The creative process usually begins with an idea and a drawing; but in this case, it began with an idea and from there to metal rods placed in a bed of plaster poured onto a piece of plywood. Then aluminum armature wire was attached to the rods to form the frame of each figure and the cross. (photo #3) The wire armature for the cross would later be replaced with wood to give better horizontal support. The wires were then bent into the position the figures would be in. (photo #4) At this point I had the design of the finished sculpture. Professional grade oil-based clay was then applied to the wire armature and was modeled into five figures that were present in the other Stations and a sixth figure of Mary Magdalene holding Jesus’ hand. The modeling continued until almost 400 pounds of clay were transformed into the Seventh Station. (photo #1)
This half-life size clay model was then enclosed in a protective case and transported to Sculpture House Casting in NYC. There over a three week period, a multi-section mold was made of the clay model. Hydrocal was poured into the reassembled mold pieces and once cured, unmolded into an exact replica of the clay model. This Hydrocal sculpture was brought back to my studio. Where I then applied a series of glazes to the sculpture, in an attempt to duplicate the patina of the other 126 year old Stations. (photo #2)