AVA Studio Chat: Heather A. Szczepiorkowski (Shep-or-kof-ski)

Heather is a New Hampshire-based, self-taught sculptor who focuses on portraiture and capturing the human figure and nature. Her motivation is to bring the forms she sculpts to life, with her goal being to capture her model’s essence. She began sculpting as a young child, folding and manipulating paper napkins for members of her family. Heather mainly uses oil-based clay and appreciates the flexibility it allows, as this type of clay does not dry out, enabling her to reshape and rework her sculptures, providing her with the creative freedom necessary to realize her artistic visions fully. She hopes that her sculptures not only express her passion but also bring joy and inspiration to those who experience them. Recently, she has started focusing on bozzetti, Italian for sketches. These clay sketches are typically used to practice and try out ideas and inspirations. These small-scale models allow artists to refine their designs, test out different angles, and work out any potential issues or challenges before starting the more time-consuming and resource-intensive process of creating the final artwork. Traditionally, these sketches are thrown away after the final work is completed. However, Heather is interested in redefining bozzetti and recognizing that they can be their own respective pieces of art. http://www.worksforlight.com/

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