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In the spring of 1995, Eastridge became enamored with what appears to be the "sleeping figure."  She began sculpting them out of clay and carving them out of sponges and small glycerin soaps (left).  She was told that spring to find "one thing" that worked for her and to go with it.  Now, granted, the comment was made due to her wide variation of mediums with which she works.  She still refuses to limit herself to one medium, just as she would never limit herself to one season, one friend, one favorite food, when there are so many wonderful variations of everything in the world.  So...Eastridge thought long and hard and found that the simple beauty of the sleeping figure, which lies in the fetal position was the "one thing."  It crosses all boundaries.  There is no one person who hasn't returned to this position in life, whether it be to find warmth, security, sleep, birth ~ whatever it may be. It is how we all began and we can all see ourselves in these small, but lovingly crafted figures.  It was a labor of love...and life.

The following pieces are not available for purchase, but are displayed for portfolio purposes only.  Click any thumbnail below for larger photo.


Untitled
Clay figure, coated with beeswax and white powder pigment (encaustic style).

 

Untitled
Clay
This was Eastridge's first sleeping figure, which led her to then creating many.

Glycerin Soap
Sleeping Figures
 


This is an image of the colorful glycerin Sleeping Figures all lined up and on display in the gallery.  They were displayed on a clear shelf above a light bar (the photo is dark because lights had to be dimmed to get the, desired effect) illuminating the translucent soaps and activating their heavenly scents.  Each soap is approximately 3" long from head to foot.
People were encouraged to pick up the warm soaps, which left a nice smelling oil on their hands.

"Pink Inside"
Glycerin Soap, Glass Bottle

"Pink Inside"
Glycerin Soap, Glass Bottle
This is a view from above the piece, so you can clearly see the head-to-toe triangle the figures followed around the base of the bottle (which was filled with the soap shavings from the carvings).

Sponges
Sleeping Figures

Please excuse the yellow hue of the sponge photos, as they were taken long ago with less than optimal lighting.


Sponges on Display.
 

Sponges on Display.
For the sponge sleeping figures, Eastridge built a long, rectangular box which was lined with white marble.  The box was mounted to the wall and filled with water, in which the soaps would float (they were lying in the bath during exhibition, although they are propped up for this photo).  The towel bar and hand towels hang below the piece, as people were encourage to pick up the floating sponges and experience their texture and whimsical, but peaceful form
People who came to the exhibition were also invited to make their own sponge sculptures.  Click here to read more about the interactive sponge carving.

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