Sumura and Matthew holding their untitled sculptures in front of Lectern for the Reading of the Gospels with the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist, one of the objects that inspired their work
«Before beginning the design process for our 3D sculpture, we were both inspired by three different sculptures currently on view at the Met: Lectern for the Reading of the Gospels with the Eagle of Saint John the Evangelist in the Medieval Sculpture Hall; Statue of the Goddess Sakhmet from the Egyptian Art collection; and Mourning Victory from the Melvin Memorial in the Charles Engelhard Court of The American Wing. With all of the artwork the Museum has to offer, it definitely seemed like choosing a subject to work with would be the most challenging part—but then the printing process began.»
Honestly, things didn't quite move along as planned when we started the "sculpting" process. But, as with many things in life, it became easier once we repeated the process and started combining each of the sculpture's sections before printing them out. Practice always makes perfect! (Well, not always perfect, but unique!)
While printing our work, we began comparing the differences in the sculpture's look when it was lying on its back, as opposed to standing upright. One of the styles of our sculpture came out a lot better when it was on its back, so when the time came to print the final product, we chose that position for our untitled creations.
Sumura and Matthew. Untitled, July 2013. Plastic polymer