Inspired by Dante's Inferno

 

Inspired by Dante's Inferno

Yohanna Loonen is an Ottawa, Canada, sculptor who has exhibits of her work at an exhibition of the National Capital Network of Sculptors. The exhibition is being held February 5 to 13 at Ottawa's Museum of Nature.
 
Ms. Loonen's sculpture above, is one of three she presented for exhibition. It is inspired by Dante's Inferno, and was done in Terra Cotta Sculpting Clay, cone 04, which is fired at a lower temperature to keep the colours brilliant. It was fired twice. First, with a bisque firing, also called a low firing. Then it is glazed and fired a second time at a much higher temperature.
 
Also on display are works in soap stone, marble, hydro and serpentine stone, and, of course, wood.
 
Marble comes in different colours, depending on where it's found. Hydro, very different to work with, is melted and poured into a mold. Serpentine, often found in Quebec, says Ms. Loonen, "has this wonderful characteristic of being initially green but with polishing parts of it become very black. A wonderful medium for the sculptors."
 
The quality of the exhibit is such that the federal government has bought pieces to present to visiting dignitaries.