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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 body parts are glued together with hot vinyl and imperfections repaired with a soldering iron small files and sandpaper Detailed color on the flesh is painted on with an airbrush and oil paint Wigs are generally used because the vinyl is flexible enough for human or synthetic hairs to be poked into This gives the scalp or any other part of body which produces hair an illusion of able hair growth
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