Laura Testé


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Laura Testé

Laura produces bronze figurative sculpture and impresionist oil paintings.  Her sculptures recognize the athlete in the female form.  Recent figures embody the strength and beauty of dancers inspired by Richard McDonald.  

Artist Statement: 

I offer agile figurative bronzes to be the siren call, the crescendo cymbol crash, or the quiet concluding couplet.  I am immersed in the beauty of the female form.  The flow of muscle, bone, and material is a confluence of elegance and power.  As a former collegiate athlete, I appreciate the attention, rigor, and control required of dancers and athletes.  

Ekprasis = Art Poetry

The meaning of art is a a subject to be explored between the viewers and the artworks.  Laura assigns her own narrative to each sculpture through the form of an accompanying poem.   

Education:

Universtiy of Michigan MBA  - 2000

Standford University - BS Product Design - 1991 

Fine Art Sculpture Centre, MI - 2016

Chautauqua Institution, NY - 2004

Cranbrook Art Institute, MI - 1999

Laura was recently selected to be one of nine sculptors featured in the 2019 exhibition l"association des Peintres et Sculpteurs de Saint Tropez, France. 

Laura is an emerging international sculptor whose studios and foundry partners are located in SE Michigan. 

 

 

Process: 

The 3-6 month process of lost bronze casting is lengthy complex and ridiculously laborious 

1. Clay - create clay model with strong internal armature.

2. Mold - section the clay, create a silicon mold for each, the original clay is destroyed in the process.

3. Wax - melt wax and pour in the mold, remove, reassemble to make a wax model. 

4. Mold 2 - section the wax , add leads, create a mold by dipping in sand slurry over a ten day period.  

5. Bronze - Burn out the wax, pour bronze in sand molds

6. Hammer &b Weld - remove sand mold with a hammer,  weld bronze pieces back together. 

7. Patina - Using heat, brush on ingredients for the patina.  

In the end the artist is left with a beautiful bronze and a silicone mold.  Each bronze is unique.  

 

 

 

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