Here is one of my newest wire sculptures. This was made for an art swap over at WetCanvas.com. In return, I was given a very, very beautiful oil painting done by my swap partner. The swap is an annual event in the Southwestern/Western forum of WetCanvas, and it is such great fun to be a part of it!
I made this out of steel fencing wire – I just love the solid, strong weight of steel versus aluminum, though both have their benefits. Since it is a two-legged animal this time, I nailed it to a base so it would not be tippy. It is hard work making a sculpture with only two balance points stand on its own! So I ended up using a wooden furniture foot which was on hand. I painted the stand a classic, country red to make this little chicken stand out. In addition to the wire, I used some other objects in this. The tail feathers are from a set of metal feather shaped objects I bought some time ago – they are wired into place so they stick up this way and that. They wiggle and wobble a bit, but I rather liked that about them. The comb and wattle are cut pieces of an artificial flower. I have an artificial red rose laying around and sacrificed a couple of its petals for this project, cutting them down to the correct size and shape. Attaching these tiny pieces of fabric was a real trick. I used my acrylic gel as an adhesive and it was very finicky work getting that comb attached so it would stand straight up. After a few difficult tries and some frustrated mutters of “Come on! Stick to the wire!” it stayed put. Barely. I left my studio on a cautious tiptoe, hardly daring to breathe lest the chicken’s comb fell off. I came back to it once it had dried and, luckily, it held on. So I applied a couple of generous coats of the gel to fasten it better, to give the comb and wattle stiffness, and also to add some nice shine. This piece was great fun, and I hope my swap partner likes it! 🙂
-Made mostly with 17 gauge steel fencing wire, as well as assorted found objects.
-With stand, it measures 7 inches high x 5 1/2 inches long x 3 inches wide. Without stand, the chicken alone measures 4 inches high x 2 inches wide.
Thank you for looking!