This new work–Social Climber (Squirrel)–was completed just in time for my first one-woman show, which was titled Private Thoughts: Beadwork Sculpture by Leslie Grigsby. Happily, my sculptures formed the loan exhibition featured at the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair (January 19-22, 2017).

As also is the case regarding some of my other figural pieces, the beadwork on this sculpture is worked over a dense-foam form. The completed work is equivalent in size to a largish, living squirrel.  Although he also can rest on all four paws, he prefers to hang upright by one fore-paw, as though he is climbing the wall.  (Sounds a bit like me, sometimes!)

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Social Climber (Squirrel)
Glass seed beads in peyote stitch over dense foam core
Estimated length: 18″ (front paw to tip of tail)

Exhibited: Loan exhibition. Private Thoughts: Beadwork Sculpture by Leslie Grigsby for the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair, NYC (January 18 [preview] through 22, 2017).

Private collection, New York, NY

The below images show Social Climber at about three months into the project.

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The below views portray the little guy earlier in the process, about three weeks after I began.  His glass eyes have not yet been added, and his body shows markings indicating likely color changes.  Such markings rarely duplicate a sculptures final appearance, however.  Above, for example, an additional leaf has been added, and both leaves are partially three-dimensional.

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Note: A you can see, there is no “real” fur on this sculpture.  However, if I were a hunter, this is the type of dense foam core I would use to support the pelt of an animal.  Instead, on my sculptures, beadwork forms the fur.



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