Made by Gordon Parnell
This simple sculpture was one of my more challenging paper mache sculptures. I knew what shape i wanted but the sculpture had other ideas; namely the distance between the tail and the head. The gap started off at 3-4 inches apart but by the time i finished there was just 1-3/4 inches between them. Though I had never thought of paper as shrinking or expanding as it dried, this was clear proof that it either shrank or stretched–either movement would account for the distance between the head and tail shrinking. Just wanted to share this with the community because i have no good explanation for what happened, though you may have one. I have included a photo of my Pelican King which also melted slightly in the making.