Toops: A Closer Look at Sculpting Color

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Cynthia Toops, Helmet, 2009, detail

During the panel discussion at the opening of the Sculpting Color Exhibition, Kathleen Dustin raised the question of polymer as a “green” material.  Cynthia Toops was not present that day, but her Helmet was, in a way, one more response to this current concern.

Cynthia writes about this piece saying:
For this piece, I decided to restrict myself to using only polymer clay scraps that I had lying around the studio. These were used for the mosaic work. The idea of using modern materials – polymer clay and aluminum – to recreate an ancient Persian helmet was an interesting challenge. Inscribed on the interior are the names of friends and supporters, as well as images of items of importance to me – things that have kept me afloat over the years.

Cynthia Toops, Helmet, 2009, detail
36″ x 7.5″ x 7.5″
Polymer clay, aluminum, sterling silver, feather