Water cubes from plaster molds for lithophane


For this work “Water cubes” I used plaster molds that I made first for lithophanes. This allows me to achieve water surface and really nice texture from CNC cutting that you can notice from the closer view. Before I was able to make plaster molds, I cut plexiglass with the CNC machine in the Digital Lab. For making very thin and translucent lithophanes, I used translucent porcelain slip for cone 10. Now, for this work, I had to change a casting slip recipe for cone 6 which consist of :
-nepheline syenite  34%                                                                                                                     -grolleg                     40%                                                                                                                     -flint                           26%                                                                                                                        -water                        35%                                                                                                                        -darvan                      .35%                                                                                                                                             -and I had to add a lot of paper, about 50% of the whole casting slip, because I needed a slip that will not deform and slump. I made slabs out of this casting slip and dried them on the separate flat plaster. I built cubes with these slabs, and then added the top surfaces of water ripples that I got from plaster molds, and stretched.

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10 Responses to Water cubes from plaster molds for lithophane

  1. Did you really add 50% paper to this recipe? Was this by volume?

    • sabinahorv says:

      Actually, when I said 50% I was thinking more by volume, not in weight. It would be too much paper then. Anyhow, as I am mixing 1500 grams of dry materials, it fills the whole 5 gallon bucket, so the paper is closely that amount.

  2. When you used these as lithophanes they were beautiful, but I think the stretching and deforming makes them both more intriguing and also gives a stronger connection to the illusion of water ripples.

    • sabinahorv says:

      Thanks Megan! That was an experimentation at the beginning without knowing what’s gonna happened. I also like the illusion of water ripples and how the CNC machine left marks on the surface of the plexiglass that stayed even on the plaster molds.

      • I understand your interest in water a lot more after your source presentation. I think that this fragmented version of the ripples is a really interesting version of that, and this cube format could pair really well with some sort of representation of the marks water leaves on land that you were talking about.

  3. Jessica says:

    These are lovely! I’m excited to see how you install them, are they wall pieces or do you arrange them horizontally?

    • sabinahorv says:

      Thank you Jess! They were on the floor but I am always interested to install some of the works on the wall as well. That would be definitely one of the choices for the final show.

  4. saunders1590 says:

    Your work is beautiful! I love how you captured the ripples of the water on the surface. Your presentation was very informal on how you reached this point in your research. You have developed an interesting use texture and color to connect with nature and showed passion in your choices in surface exploration. I also thought your sketches were great! Your drawings showed such expression and color. I look forward to seeing how your work develops in the next few weeks.

  5. Jessica says:

    After your source presentation I was thinking you might be intrigued by the work of Jon Rose, an experimental violinist from Australia. I loved how you were talking about water as a geological defining feature, I know this is kind of a stretch but you mentioned you were interested in sound as well, so it can’t hurt to look into him. Rose’s Fence Project poetically comments on human, politically constructed borders. He finds fences along these borders and plays them, recording the compositions and sometimes playing them back over the radio, essentially debunking the physical demarkations of the space. There’s a great article about the project here:

  6. I really enjoyed your source presentation. Equipped with only the limited information from last semesters critique, following your inspirations was exciting.

    I mentioned this after the presentation but i am left somewhat unfulfilled because you have touched on every facet of water during your presentation (shores, kinetics, landscape, vegetation, oceanography, intervention, documentation, color, texture, carving, abstraction, activism, utilitarianism, science…) but i want to know which one or two facets you will dive into.

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