Beyond your comfort zone

Just in case you thought that your polymer clay art was too safe and tame and boring, take a look at the work of Art Institute of Chicago grad student Peter Goldlust. As he says, "These environments explore the gray areas between seemingly distinct states of being: the alluring and the repulsive; the playful and the threatening; and the natural and the synthetic."

No flower canes here, just absolutely fascinating imaginings. This polymer and prozac piece is particularly intriguing.

His carved crayons may give Maggie's tutorial students some ideas as they contemplate their new crayolas. Thanks to Barbara Forbes-Lyons for passing this link along.

  • reply Toby ,

    I just saw those for the first time yesterday… eerie at best, despite the artist quality. I will admire from afar!

    • reply Ronna Sarvas Weltman ,

      Great stuff and wonderful start to my day. Art with a touch of humor and whimsy testing our limits, taking it to the next level. These pictures are a profound reminder of the importance of good photography for artists who want to promote their work. If I had taken a snapshot of his work, his pieces would perhaps look like amateurish blobs and nobody would be taking a second look. Presenting them with artful professional or professional-quality photography takes them to the next level vis-a-vis his self-promotion as an artist.

      • reply Melanie West ,

        This guys work is fantastic! I especially like the way he incorporates his pc work with his print work. The wall drawing instillation is stunning!

        I’m thinkin’ he uses a wire armature. But is the enamel water based? I’ve never tried enamel on pc. Here’s a question… why do so many pc sculptors paint their work, rather than use the actual color of the clay? (Can you tell I don’t sculpt?)

        • reply gatita ,

          I love it… polymer is my favorite medium for sculture right now. I know i use the colored stuff but i contantly mixing my clay for different colors and patterns.

          • reply Maggie Maggio ,

            What in heaven’s name does he use to carve the crayons?! They are amazing.

            • reply susan lomuto rose ,

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