Duane Hanson and His Works
A traditional model for sculptors have been human figures. These figures would glamourize, and epitomize physical beauty. Duane Hanson (1925-1996) chooses to do otherwise. He depicts contemporary American people in his work. His highly realistic figures mirrors the grotesque, the mundane, the monotonous, and the vulgarity characterized by American society.
To create his realistic figures, Hanson first has his model shaved of body hair. Vaseline is then applied; a silicone rubber mold over that. The rubber takes five to ten minutes to hold up, and after that, plaster, reinforced with hemp fibers, are applied. The plaster is removed and repaired so that polyvinyl acetate (mixed with oils paints and paraffin in order to produce a flesh-like and flexible surface) can be poured into the plaster mold. The vinyl dries overnight and when the plaster is taken off, a highly detailed model (of a leg, for example) is created. The bod...