New Moon Artist: Allison Reimold

The opening of New Moon 2012 is this Friday from 6-9pm and anticipation is building. To get you more excited for the reveal of all of the new work in the show, we are continuing to reveal sneak peeks of artwork on our blog and will take a closer look at pieces after the show has opened. Today we are looking at the work in progress of artist Allison Reimold who discusses her mounted sculpture, which is a step outside of her usual creative comfort zone.

Progress shot of Allison’s piece for New Moon

What zodiac sign have you chosen to represent? And why?
I’ve chosen to represent my own zodiac animal, the rabbit.

Tell us a bit about your piece and the process for creating it.
I usually confine myself to the realms of drawing and painting, but for this piece I decided to work more three-dimensionally and create a sculpture. Basically, I use a wire armature to get the shape of the piece based on my sketches, and fill the inside with wads of tin foil. The tin foil helps keep the piece light, easy to bake, and prevents me from spending my entire paycheck on clay. I cover the inside skeleton-thingy with Sculpey, which is amazing because it won’t dry out overnight. You can bake it in the oven, and you can get different effects using clay sculpting tools, which look very impressive. After the clay is baked, it becomes hard and brittle, allowing me to paint it with acrylic paint and apply varnishes to the surface.

I’ve only done a few of these sculptures before so I’m still learning (I’ve conveniently glossed over all the blood, sweat and tears that went into this piece), but I find the process extremely refreshing. Working outside of my comfort zone helps expand my mind and challenge me to think in new ways, so I’m able to return to drawing and painting with a fresh eye.

What is your zodiac sign and do you think it is accurate?
My zodiac animal is the rabbit, which is very accurate for me. According to the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit is the happiest of all the zodiac animals. Rabbits are peacemakers – they remain calm in any situation, and are very slow to anger. They are creative and artistic, as well as compassionate, expressive, and well-mannered, with an eye for design. They like to surround themselves with beautiful things. I like to think that describes me pretty well!

Thanks, Allison!

New Moon : Interpretations of the Chinese Zodiac 2012
January 20, 2012
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Exhibition runs until 02.19.12

210 Forsyth St.
Lower East Side
New York

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