Her Transposed Looking Glass
by Margaret (Margi) Hafer and Tony Goodall (wood cutting and drilling) for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)
I chose Picasso's "Girl Before a Mirror" (image 1) because I liked how Picasso's flat cubistic images related to the the materials I planned to use from the box. First I drew the images of the girl and the mirrored image onto paper; then transferred images to the loose canvas provided. I also drew detail images of the girl repeating several shapes.(image 2) I painted these images with acrylic paints (image 6). I used the canvas board for the wallpaper background in the painting (also acrylics). Next I used molding paste, black acrylic paint, and gold and bronze buff to finish the back of the canvas board. (images 3,4 and 5)
I cut-out my drawn paper images and transferred the outlines of the girls figure, and the mirror to the piece of plywood that was provided. I drew the right arm, side of face, hip, breast, and buttocks onto, provided, thinner wood slab. I had three blocks of walnut: one would hold the background wallpaper, one would hold the girl's figure, and the third would support two dowel rods that would hold the mirror. These wood pieces were then cut and drilled to my specification with help of Tony Goodall, who has a woodworking studio.
I decided to add a backside to the girl's figure, and had just enough loose canvas to do so (image14). The painted canvas shapes were cut-out and glued to the appropriate wooden cut-out shapes. Image 11 shows all of the canvas shapes that relate to wooden cut-out shapes. I painted the edges of wood shapes black to relate to the black outline in Picasso's painting. The shaped dowel rods and mirror back were painted with gold acrylic paint.
Next the walnut wood supports were finely sanded and coated with a satin oil wood finishing product, then buffed (image 10). Short pieces of dowel rod were inserted and glued into the appropriate holes in the bases to hold the three bases together at the correct angle (image 16).
The mirror dowel rods were inserted and glued into drilled holes on it's base; and the mirror was "hot glued" to the dowel rods (image 12). The bottom of the girl's figure was glued into a slot created for her base (image 13). The wallpaper background was glued into it's appropriate slotted base (image 17). There are several dimensional shapes on the girl's body that were glued on with white glue, but the extended right arm is angled by an extra wood support piece and "hot glued" onto her shoulder area (see close-up detail) The arial view (image 18) shows the dimensional relationship to the bases.
I designed and created the sculpture "Her Transposed Looking Glass". Since I do not have the proper tools I needed to cut and drill my wood pieces, I asked my friend, Tony Goodall, who has a wonderfully equipped woodworking studio, to help me cut the wood to my specifications.