I love how Ute shows the process she goes through on her work. She says she may, or may not, be finished with this piece. To me, it is much stronger with just the one figure.
I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures.
DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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Thank you for posting this and espacially thanks for your opinion about the work, Mike! I was glad to read, that it was the right desicion to nihilate the second figure. I think, she is not really absent, but wrapt up in color. Just an ephemere apparition.
best wishes Ute
(the paket will go to the postoffice by tomorrow)