The Torso Project

Welcome to the Torso Project, a long term collaborative art project, organized by Julie & Matthew Chase-Daniel from 2007-2010.

The Torso Project invited pregnant women to create a living legacy of the mystery, magic, and relationship to nature that the pregnant form represents. The goal of the Torso Project is to empower and support women, men and children during the life changes evoked by pregnancy and birth. Life-cast torsos of women at full-term were created in editions of three. One was given back to the woman from whom it was cast. The second was placed in the wilderness near the location of the birth and left as an offering to the natural world. The third was held by the artists for exhibition of the entire group of torso sculptures. For participants, and through the wilderness placements and public exhibitions, this project invites a new way of experiencing the way we all live as a family of the earth.

In this space we’ve posted some photos from the casting process, the mould-making, the finished sculptures, the new families, and the nature placements.

Enjoy!

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A Torso Placement Circle by the Santa Fe River, November 2, 2008

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Carrying clay and straw castings down to the riverbank

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visiting and eating

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Father trying on the pregnant belly

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Mother and daughter

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Julie speaking at the placement ceremony

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Three torsos in the glen by the Santa Fe River

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another view

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A concrete casting

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Baby with his mama’s clay casting

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mother and daughter

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sleeping baby

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fresh clay casting

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baby!

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Julie finishing a fresh mama mould

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2 concrete castings

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Matthew making a concrete casting

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fiberglass/rubber moulds ready for pouring

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a new family

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plaster casting, ready for the rubber mould making

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moulds drying in the sun after washing

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mama and her baby

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plaster bandage mould, fresh off a mama

A finished sculpture outside the studio

concrete casting outdoors

6 Responses to “The Torso Project”

  1. Jane Sauer Says:

    Awesome project with some very thoughtful works of art resulting.
    The sense of participation reminds me of a much earlier time when we wore flowers in our hair and tie-dyed tee shirts. There was a sense of community that may be returning thanks to the efforts and sensitivity of people like you.

  2. Jerry Wennstrom Says:

    What a wonderful project! Blessings, Jerry

  3. Nanda Says:

    Jerry
    Wennstrom sent me your site and it turns out I know Kyce and saw her in the pics..great project, I live in Tesuque..take care, Nanda

  4. Jill D'Agnenica Says:

    Wow! What beautiful images and what a lovely project. I’d love to see images of the transformation as time goes on in the glen. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Freya Block Says:

    Thanks for sharing this important and original project.
    The sense of commitment and connection is inspiring, so keep up the good work!
    Hugs,
    Freya

  6. Stephanie Richardson Says:

    How AWESOME!!! What a tribute to the wonderment of life…

    Congratulations! It makes me happy just seeing the pictures. How pleased the participants and supporters must be!

    Best Wishes for great success…

    Luv,
    Steph CIIS MA ’08

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