Stuc-bol is an acrylic formulation with synthetic and natural pigments created in the context of conservation and preservation of classical art and decorative arts. It has great functional structural specific characteristics appropriated to antiquities and architectural preservation. Stuc-bol simplifies the gilding process; it is biodegradable, removable, and non-destructive. Stuc-bol does not shrink, it does not crack, it can be burnish and become hard and shining or naturally raw, coarse, and flat, if let untouched; It is made in a varied palette of pastel colors, adding more possibilities than traditional bol used to apply pure gold leaf.
This new formulation for gilding is patented in Europe by Dr. Enriqueta Gonzalez-Martinez, Professor Chair of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, in the School of Fine Arts, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain.
Sara Bauluz, expert ceramist, fabricated and shipped the Stuc-bol for the exhibition.
My task in the investigation with Stuc-bol is to extend its potential applications to other surfaces or materials than the traditional wooden statuary, fresco or canvas where the product has been applied successfully. I am taking a medieval oriented technology and pushing it into contemporary art production, articulating a discourse that embrace my interest about the idea of value, social structures and dynamics, and power. My work is a continuation of my mother “labor” with materials or shapes uncommon in her laboratory. My work try to add new technical information of the archival capabilities of the product and to expand its artistic possibilities. This is the first time it is applied in contemporary sculpture and seen by an audience in the United States.