Tim Schantz's Profile

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It all started with a broken package of Celluclay. I came across it while working at a craft store. I decided to try putting the flesh back on a Terminator endoskeleton. Scores of small figures would follow. Until one day, I decided to try life size. Eventually, I realized I would not be satisfied if I didn’t persue this course fully.
My primary medium is paper mache. It is easily manipulated and allows me to work incrementally. I work multiple pieces at a time. Which is advantageous in several regards, not the least of which, if I arrive at an impasse on one I am not completely stymied. Often, it is through continued work on other projects I realize the next course of action on a piece that has been set aside. Or if a piece is fundamentally flawed, I can readily take it apart and reuse the best of it.
My work tends to be introspective. The first self-portrait, though I didn’t realize at the time; was a series of…

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  • Joined September 30, 2011

Favorite materials

paper mache, foam, clay, plaster

About

It all started with a broken package of Celluclay. I came across it while working at a craft store. I decided to try putting the flesh back on a Terminator endoskeleton. Scores of small figures would follow. Until one day, I decided to try life size. Eventually, I realized I would not be satisfied if I didn’t persue this course fully.
My primary medium is paper mache. It is easily manipulated and allows me to work incrementally. I work multiple pieces at a time. Which is advantageous in several regards, not the least of which, if I arrive at an impasse on one I am not completely stymied. Often, it is through continued work on other projects I realize the next course of action on a piece that has been set aside. Or if a piece is fundamentally flawed, I can readily take it apart and reuse the best of it.
My work tends to be introspective. The first self-portrait, though I didn’t realize at the time; was a series of three that was eventually combined into a single sculpture, Three Schisms. It was in fact, so introspective I was not consiously aware of its implications while I was making it. The schisms were a representation of conflict that had yet to fully manifest and not the allusion to past conflict as I had thought. It was then I realized, this was the best process for me to truly know myself.
Abstraction is a must. I have no desire to be constrained by reality. If I wanted a wholely accurate form I'd simply cast from a mold. I've been exploring nonobjective sculpture with a general mix of pyramidal shapes, spherical and ovular forms, curving lines, and organic form Though, I can't always resist adding an overt emotive quality with some human form. Sometimes, the process is like cloud gazing. I begin with a shape and must ascribe meaning to it. Unlike a cloud, I can alter the shape once I have defined its meaning.

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