The Creation of Michelangelo

   by Pauline Liquido for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Creation of Adam

Inspiration Artist: Michelangelo

Creating this piece was, perhaps, one of the toughest challenges I have ever done. In fact, just deciding on which art to recreate took an extensive amount of time and brainstorming. I really wanted something very ingenious and symbolical, but with such limited resources, it was quite difficult. However, I eventually decided to make a piece that incorporates various kinds of art - sculpture, painting, and architecture. Each component has a connotation that ties into the main concept - the life story of Michelangelo. In addition, I made the piece mobile, so as to bring more life and really capture its essence. The first work of art integrated is the Creation of Adam. I used Chavant clay to recreate God and, in lieu of Adam, Michelangelo. It basically symbolizes the birth of Michelangelo, and God, who holds a paintbrush in his right hand, bestowing him the ability to paint and sculpt beautiful masterpieces. The next component of the piece is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, on which Michelangelo is resting. For this, I used a piece of wooden dowel for the skeleton, Chavant clay for the body and wires for the pillars. It represents Michelangelo's birthplace,Tuscany, Italy, where the tower is located. The third element is the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Alike the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I created the dome using Chavant clay, and wires for the bare skeleton. I deliberately made it half-finished/unfinished as Michelangelo has died before the dome was completed. Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is the Pietà. I used 2 blocks of wood for the "altar", wire armature for the Virgin Mary, paper mâché for the bottom half of the "altar," and Chavant clay for the whole build. The original sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary mourning over the death of Jesus. In my piece, however, the Pietà represents the mourning of people over the loss of a magnificent artist. Following the footsteps of Michelangelo, I utilized various techniques during the process (all of which are shown in the video) such as paper mâché, faux marbling and cardboard automata. As for painting, I used Zinsser B*I*N Primer-Sealer Aerosol in order to create a surface to which acrylic paints can stick, as well as Krylon Kamar Varnish to seal in the painting and give it an authentic marble finish. Truly, entering the Mystery Build competition was a remarkable experience. It was mentally rigorous and euphoric at the same time, pushing my imagination above and beyond and really testing my skills. I absolutely had an incredible time doing it!