From the vault: Michelle Post on Artblog Radio

Sculpture artist Michelle Post's "tronies" become a permanent exhibition this month at Grounds for Sculpture. The Oligarchs features Post's metal busts of America's 19th-century wealthy elite are originally carved in Styrofoam and then cast. They're not of specific people, but somehow, they're quite recognizable. We interviewed Post two years ago about her movement from wood to foam, and a few other things! -- the artblog editors

Michelle Post’s sculptural Tronies will debut as a permanent installation at Grounds for Sculpture this fall. In our podcast the artist tells us how she received the commission and how she conceived of the 10 large portrait heads that sit on plinths like a chorus of grumpy citizen jurors waiting for something to pass judgment on. Post, a self-taught artist who has worked in wood engraving as well as sculpture, showed the original prototypes for her commission at DaVinci Art Alliance last fall, and that is where we first saw the amusing characters that are vaguely reminiscent of characters drawn by Daumier.

Michelle spoke with us Jan. 31, 2013 at Da Vinci, where she explained her artistic progression from making detailed wood engravings to rough-carving foam into caricature heads. Post, by the way, is the aunt of David Dempewolf (of Marginal Utility) and shares a story about that. For pictures of Post’s Tronies and her other work, see her website.

Michelle Post, speaking with us Jan. 31 at DaVinci Art Alliance.
Michelle Post, speaking with us Jan. 31, 2013 at DaVinci Art Alliance.

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