I want approximation with these ladies of the shower. They should look “drawn” with a wary hand. Like a graphite drawing where several lines, one over another “estimate” the contours (a contour line is one that describes a three dimensional shape) of the shape, with grout I want to create that same kind of energy. Make sense?
A fairly big space has been left between the ground and the figure when laying the broken tile. This space will define the contours of the figure. So these places where the lines are wider, grout will gather and make a bigger statement than those between all the tiny pieces of tile. To further carry this idea, a darker and shinier tile was applied at the edges of the figure.
This shower is not any easier to photograph now than it was last summer when this big project started!
Above white grout has been applied to some of the ground area behind the figure and to the shower edging of white tile. The horizon line has been left along with the edges of the figure to take a darker grout. The trunk and torso of lady number one has been treated with terra cotta colored grout. So close to the tile color, it makes for a more solid figure in contrast to the ground which now has a network of white lines within it.
This charcoal grout application is the one that will make the big difference in the work, and give it the simple primitive drawing like quality. Thankfully it is working as expected.
Today was the beginning of the real fun. Months of thinking is proving out. The strange thing about this is it has become a matter of principle to me never to take a shower inside. Not so my husband; he says he has always wanted to take a shower with three ladies!
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