Completing the Kuan Yin of the Magic Box, or Great One as she is known in the videos, was a complex process that began as soon as the firing of all the components was complete. As noted in a previous post, the sculpture, made from Laguna’s white stone, had many of the problems that we experienced with the Empty Room house, primarily cracking. The first step then was to repair that damage. For this piece I used PC7, as its value is similar to the fired surface of the ceramic.
After repairs, sanding and automotive primer finished off the surface.
Initially my plan was to hide the repair marks entirely, but looking carefully at the surface we found we liked what was emerging and decided for a less is more approach. For fine-tuning the entire piece, it was necessary to assemble and disassemble several times, grinding the pieces to fit neatly then finished off the prep work for the wall hanging.
Gabe cut the backing for the sculpture to mirror the door ways in The Black Church then ripped the board in half so that the sculpture could be moved in two sections. After finishing the backing prep, a Durock silhouette cut out and mounted to the backing in preparation for the ceramic.
The Durock was then masked off and a heavily textured deck paint applied to the plywood to add dimension to the background. Once this was dry, layers of spray paint added as preliminary surfacing.
This dried for 24 hours, then an application of thin set on the concrete board and the ceramic pieces set into this adhesive.
After another drying period, masked off the backing and the epoxy/mortar mixed with iron oxide and applied to the cracks and edges of the entire piece.
The surface was then refined again and the piece was ready for the acrylic layers that would add the final touches to the sculpture.
The last step was the framing that hides the screws that mount it to the wall. Gabe designed this frame from 2 x 2’s, biting a section from the boards that allow it to wrap the edge of the plywood.
The last element to place was the television and DVD player that complete the piece.
Find the first half of the process of this piece here: