Maxwell Gratzer for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)
Inspiration Piece: The Great Wave off Kanagawa
Inspiration Artist: Katsushika Hokusai
My re-creation started with the most fundamental and recognizable part of the piece, the waves. I cut out the rough shape of the waves from the actual Mystery Build box for a foundation, then coated the shapes in a thin layer of heated clay (by use of blowdryer). For the detail on the crest of the large wave, and for the details within both waves, I used the sharp edge of a small woodworking tool. Both parts of the wave were first spray painted with a base layer, then detailed with brushed on spray paint. Mt. Fuji and the figures in the boats, both of which are constructed from molded, then baked Sculpey, were painted with the same color. The figures are glued to the boats, each of which were cut and assembled from the thin wood pieces included in the kit. The boats also feature small swatches cut from the cloth that came in the kit. The base is the large wood panel that was included in the kit, spray painted. It has small holes carved into the back corners in order to fit the small wooden dowels. These dowels support the backdrop of the piece- the canvas which features sky and the prominent cloud which are painted with oils. The waves and one of the boats are supported by wood pieces, as well as coiled wire.