I was initially intrigued by Rachel Dein’s work, then impressed by the simplicity of a process that offers beautiful results when utilized by an artist with vision and passion for the materials and the technique.
Adapting a glass casting technique she learned in college, Dein presses objects into wet clay and pours combinations of plaster and concrete over the clay, creating highly detailed sculptural tiles.
Her favorite materials to cast are flowers and leaves, though she has been commissioned to create tiles casting baby clothes, lace and other items of deep personal significance (an idea I love. . .).
The artist uses watercolors to add subtle color to many of the tiles, leaving others unpainted to entice us to look more closely as shadows play among the lines of what might be considered the 3 dimensional equivalent of black and white photographs.
Her compositions range from simple, like the process itself (see the carrot tile above), to complex, like a field of wildflowers, grasses and leaves in nature, to other-worldly interpretations of plant life. All revealing the graceful lines and movements of objects we see in our world every day.
“I enjoy the magic of plaster casting to create fossils from everyday life — whether it’s a shell found on holiday, your grandmother’s treasured lace, a Christening gown, or the flowers from your wedding”
Rachel Dein’s website
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