Dancer Spinning

   by Katerina Hall for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: Dancer Tilting

Inspiration Artist: Edgar Degas

I tried to include everything in my entry, but inevitably some materials were left out. The box which originally contained all the materials now supports the piece as the stage. After painting the top of the stage to look like wood, I covered the sides in the wooden slats. The two walls on the left and right are made from the canvas board and the wooden board covered in canvas respectively, supported by hot glued and the left over dowels. The main dancer has a wire and dowel frame and a clay sculpted body. Her skirt consists of pieces of the rules booklet and pieces of shredded newspaper. The platform on which she stands was cut from the wooden board prior to its becoming part of the stage. She spins because under the stage - inside the box - her dowel is connected to the medium sized wood block (which was lathed to size and shape) which spins on a cut dowel axle connected to the box with the molded plastic beads. The other dancers have the same wire, dowel, clay base and their skirts are made from wire and more newspaper. Acrylic completes the piece. More information on how the piece was constructed can be found at the end of the video.

I am submitting this entry because your rules state that if the mystery build contestant is under the age of 18, someone over 18 must submit it. I am Katerina (Katya) Hall's mother. While I purchased the mystery build package for her, she did all of the work, including putting together the video to show what she did. She will attend college next year and is working hard to earn her own way. Please call me if you have any questions. Our home phone is on the front page of this submission; my cell phone is 406-207-8743.