Octopus Sculpture/ Remover of Obstacles 2021

Made by Cecily DeVille

I made this octopus over the course of a few months. In the first attempts the silicone glue I was using to fix the sculpture to the silver plate wouldn’t dry. Due to the sculpture being formed on a plastic plate, no air was getting in. Finally I switched to a JB weld type epoxy ( thanks thistothat.com! )and she’s really secure. I love this process so much, this is the 6th sculpture I’ve made using Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe & I’m working on a 7th. The photos do not do it justice!

Paper mache octopus in progress

4 thoughts on “Octopus Sculpture/ Remover of Obstacles 2021”

  1. Cecily, your sculpture is part realism and part abstract. Very cool. In the pic showing how you put it together, it looks like plastic over the cardboard. Or is it aluminum foil?

    Keep up the good work

    • Hi Patricia! I started with wire, then plastic, then brown paper strips, then masking tape. I ran the wire through the cardboard (shown) for placement and then through the aforementioned plastic plate then wrapped/tied the ends to keep the arms stable. I have a bunch more photos, but can’t seem to get them small enough to post here.

  2. Hi Cecily. Thanks for sharing your octopus with us. You found a really interesting way to display it – and I’m so glad you were able to find a way to attach her to the plate. I’d never heard of that site before, but I’ll be sure to bookmark it. Thanks for the tip. :)

    • You’re so sweet, Jonni! I’ve been mounting them on unintentional collection of silver(ish) platters. I’d be delighted to show y’all! Thanks for your books, site & videos!!!


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