The SPS Form Plaque Project
The SPS Form Plaque Project blog is a documentation of the 2010/2011 Form of 1973 Mentor Fellowship project of Lisa Laughy. Posts here will follow the progress of the project and will provide information about the history of Form Plaques at SPS. You can subscribe to this blog via RSS feed using the links at the bottom of the sidebar, through email updates by clicking the box at the bottom of the page or in the sidebar, or follow the progress by ‘liking’ the Form Plaque Project page on Facebook.
Other Carving Projects
I have enjoyed working with wood since childhood, an affinity I discovered through spending many enjoyable hours in my father’s workshop watching him work and then making projects of my own. As a BFA student I took foundation classes in sculpture and worked in wood whenever I had the opportunity. I eventually chose to concentrate on printmaking for my degree, and after graduation I focused most of my creative work on painting, illustration and design. From time to time I would create a wood block print, finally realizing that I was doing them just for the enjoyment of working with wood. I invested in some proper carving tools and have been carving wood ever since.
I have found that much of the artwork I create in 2D translates very naturally to 3D relief carving. It wasn’t until I began carving that I realized how much of the design process for my 2D work is conceptualized in relief - the criteria I use when visualizing a painting or design begins naturally in my mind as an image in low relief. I feel as if the years spent designing, drawing, and painting in 2D were actually done in preparation for working in wood, even though that was never part of the thought process at the time.
You can see more examples of carvings I have done on the Ninth Wave Designs website carving gallery HERE.
You can read a full artist’s statement on the Ninth Wave Designs website HERE.