The Brain-shaped teapot is my attitude towards natural philosophy. I love tea. I like to “drink” my images, ideas and knowledge from my brain. This Teapot was molded from plasticine, then cast in bronze, it turned out to be 3.7 kg in weight. (smiles) and with the help of paints brought its shape closer to the natural appearance of our organ.
There are plans and opportunities to lighten it in weight, I really want to make it in glass. Now, this is a teapot from which everyone drinks their knowledge, their experience and desires. But a cup for this teapot was not included in my plans. Her presence was suggested by the photographer during the photo shoot. This is how this composition was born, in contrast – a big brain in our small skull. Laughs.
The charcoal brain is my achievement, as this shape turned out completely by accident. Coal is very sharp, aggressive, sharp and at the same time hard layered stone. I agree with him, yes, yes, because my burr machine with diamond discs does not have enough “strength” and power to smooth it out or, conversely, make a recess in it. I work with him on the street, in a respirator, with my bare hands, as he is very sharp and not comfortable with gloves – he clings to tears fabric or rubber.
But my fingers also scratch, cut and stab, and the dust from the coal eats into my eyes, nostrils, face, ears and all uncovered parts of the body. So I ask him to give himself to me (laughs), to allow me to work with him, to process him as I would like, to soften his aggression.
And while turning it with a powerful machine with a disk, they cut tiles like this, you, as a man, will understand me, and when I turn it on it rotates and vibrates like that, then after an hour of working on coal, my hands tremble so much that I can’t press and turn it off (smiles).
So, processing a large piece of coal with different disks, I got a stone of this shape, when I washed it, I saw a clear resemblance to the shape of the skull. It happens to me so often. I didn’t even plan to get it on purpose, just such a shape reminiscent of the shape of our skull and brain.
Coal itself so decided to appear.
Well, then, for months (about 6 months) I picked up diamond burs to achieve cerebral convolutions and depressions in this stone. Filled large cracks with a mixture of fine coal and transparent resin. I turned it again and dried it (drying for about 72 hours).
Then, with the help of stained glass paints, she tinted the bloody mucus. On a black corner, it turned out expressively. And after that, by hand in wax, I cut out branches with needles under the resulting volume of the resulting stone, cast them in silver and soldered a curved crown with needles, covered with black rhodium.
The crown of the branches of a plant with thorns is a symbol of glory, victory and fortitude. Putting such an ornament on the skull and heart, I emphasize their greatness and dignity. I will emphasize it directly.