Roy's "Elmira" character (Elvira's long-lost cousin) wins the double prize of immunity in the Spotlight Challenge as well as a bunch of fun makeup from Kryolan. Elvira loved the bat theme! Running up are Tate's Nurse Cutter and Miranda's Metropolis-meets-Elvira.
The artists meet in an art gallery where Neville - a successful gallery artist in his own right - joins McKenzie to tell the competitors about this week's challenge. After choosing from various art movements - Constructivism, Surrealism, Impressionism, and Pop Art - they must make a living work of art.
Alana chose Constructivism as her movement, knowing nothing about it and soon regretting that choice. She second-guesses her work until Mr. Westmore shows up and gives her some guidance on how to center her makeup, but she never feels quite confident.
Tate says he's been daydreaming about this challenge and is so ready to jump in! He doesn't hold back when sculpting a giant castle for his model to wear on her back. When the hundreds of pounds of clay are ready to be cracked out of their mold, the ambitious piece lands on his finger. Blood is everywhere, he needs stitches, and a medic pulls him out of the competition until they can fix him up.
InTate's absence, Roy, Laura, and whoever else has time to help jumps in to clean out Tate's mold and pour the first layer of latex. It's a competition, sure, but there's a lot of love in the room. Tate is able to finish his piece, though it's a trial to get everything done in time! When it comes time for judgment, the panel loves the concept, but it's more of a whimsical costume than a surreal work of art, and Tate's look is harshly critiqued.
Miranda is fiercely disappointed in her work this week, but per usual the judges love what she presents. The emotion of sadness pops right out of the face sculpt, and the overall feel of Cubism is unmistakeable. She winds up in top looks, but it could be the unpainted arms that keep her from winning...
Or it could be the STUNNING amount of work that Laura put in to make her creation fulfill the parameters of the challenge that far exceeds the judges expectations. The paint job is complex and rich, the sculpting expert, and the overall feel of the piece is that of a work of art come to life. She walks away with this week's top prize extremely gratified that the judges appreciate her artistry.
The third top look is Laney's makeup, a Pop Art commentary on social media's influence on women. According to Glenn, if the challenge had been solely to encapsulate the art movement, Laney would've leapt forward to grab the prize. Ve has a few small critiques for the piece, but the response is positive across the board.
Eddie had a great starting point with Van Gogh's "Starry Night" influencing his feelings about this stage in the competition ("Stressful Night", thankyouverymuch). The judges applaud his concept, but the paint job was monochromatic, however, and in combination with a swirling head sculpt, the red makes the character look somewhat demonic and not quite Impressionist.
Scott's work is deeply personal this week as it is based on his father's alcoholism-related death. The judges respond to the concept, but the finished product is busy, somewhat muddled, and not truly in line with his choice of Surrealism as a movement. His name is called as the one going home, and Ve gives him loving words of encouragement for him to take with him. He goes home with a full heart.