Sculptural Innovation by Welly Fletcher comes to life at ARTSLab
In an exploration of artistry and technology, sculpture faculty Welly Fletcher, delved into a whirlwind of creativity at ARTSLab this fall to make one of her new sculptures that would join her recent solo show “SLANT” at Richard Levy Gallery.
The journey began this summer (2023) with a handmade clay maquette of a lion head. Assisted by Art and Ecology MFA candidate Nancy Dewhurst, Fletcher captured the clay model using ARTSLab’s Artec Leo 3D scanner. The three-dimensional digital model was then scaled-up to print on ARTSLab’s large format Big Rep ONE 3D printer.
As the printer’s mechanical dance unfolded, layer by layer, the lion head grew to life in astounding dimensions. Ten days of ceaseless printing yielded a formidable final piece—a mesmerizing three-foot-long marvel weighing in at an impressive 14.5 Kg or 32 lbs.
This fusion of tradition and technology exemplifies the essence of the interdisciplinary exploration taking place at ARTSLab. Welly Fletcher’s final sculpture can be seen, along with other works, at Richard Levy Gallery at 514 Central Ave SW in downtown Albuquerque.
Follow ARTSLab on Instagram @unmartslab.
Follow sculpture faculty Welly Fletcher on Instagram @wellyfletcher.
The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present its annual faculty dance concert in Rodey Theatre February 23rd to March 2nd. “Querencia” is an evening exploring love, culture, and connection through the art of dance. The concert...
Dr. Rodrigo Sigal is a composer, cultural entrepreneur and full time professor since 2017 at ENES, UNAM, Morelia, where he co-founded the Music and Artistic Technology undergraduate program. He is interested in new technologies especially in the electroacoustic music...
By James Stone Shaandiin TomeShaandiin is a filmmaker based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her breakout, award-winning short film Mud (Hashtł’ishnii) premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018. She returned to Sundance in January 2022, co-directing and premiering Long...