MELA COOKE

Mela is a city-based physiotherapist with a love of sculpture.  Mela juggles work with her creative side to produce detailed figures ranging from people to whimsical animals.

She is always keen to explain to the unfamiliar how the process begins:

Creating three dimensional forms begins with a block of clay.

Once finished, the clay figure is coated in one to two centimetre layer of silicone; this allows the reproduction of fine details.   From silicone to plaster of paris, a mould is created and filled with hot wax.

The mould is then dismantled and the three dimensional hollow wax figure is sent to a bronze foundry where, through a further skilled process, the finished work in bronze is revealed.

The health professional likes to think of her art as mirroring her work - with attention to balance and fluidness.