By Kelsey Martinez
Young artist Teagan O’Reilly, a student at Cactus Canyon Junior High created a sculpture in her advanced art classes taught by Kristina Harshman. She nicknamed the sculpture Helen.
The artist worked with Mrs. Harshman’s husband, Marty, when sculpting Helen, spending about four hours on the sculpture. Three hours were used to create the original formation, while it took just one hour to give Helen the finishing touches. Besides her own hands, O’Reilly used nothing more than basic tools like paint brushes, a spray bottle, and base.
“Honestly, she just came out of the clay,” O’Reilly said. “Marty and I simply began slapping clay together, and after working with it for a little while we realized we had something cool. When we started, I just knew I wanted a challenge. That, she most definitely was.”
The sculpture has been drying for several weeks and is now in the kiln.
Part of what makes Helen unique is that different people see different things when they look at the piece.
“Everyone who sees Helen says that it looks like something different – some say she looks like she is singing, some say she looks like she is yawning, and others say she looks like she is taking communion,” said Mrs. Harshman. “The piece has a lot of character in the face, and I can’t wait to see it finished.”
Art is an outlet for O’Reilly, a way to organize the thoughts in her head. She isn’t quite sure yet what she wants to do with her talent, but hopes that what ever job she lands that she may be able to incorporate it into her work.