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Nondream sculpture, 1999, plaster, 9" across, by Chris Wayan

My sculpture teacher used my plaster mix as a demo, and pronounced it perfect. But when I started carving it aggressively, scooping out holes, it was so weak and soft it broke apart.

On the other hand, my teacher rejected a classmate's mix as a dead loss: uncarvably dense. He let the yogurty mess harden in the bottom of a plastic bucket, then threw it out. I pulled it from the trash and started carving and found it strong, strong, strong: ideal for the hollow, undersea shapes I like.

abstract sculpture; organic spirals
I learned a lot from my teacher that day. About not believing teachers.

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