The Fusion Clay & Glass Show was a great success. The show looked fabulous at Wychwood Barns, and I was happy to exhibit my Fragmented Figures alongside such strong artists and craftspeople. Reid Flock did a great job organizing the show.
I’ve completed another couple of works: another cloud exploration and another fragmented figure. The clouds got bigger, and I absolutely love the surface!
With this fragmented figure, I decided I wouldn’t focus on making the right number of parts for one figure. So there are too many feet and hands, multiple knees, and two butts.
Next: seeing if I can combine the fragmented figures with the clouds. Off to the studio!
She’s done! I took a leap with this one: that teal is pretty loud. I love the effect the unnatural colour creates. The parts look like pieces of a plastic toy, adding to the objectification of the figure.
I completed my second exploration into fragmented figures. This one, a male, got quite a bit bigger than I intended. I suppose I’ve gotten used to working close to life size. Instead of the more subtle surface treatment I did on the Fragmented Female, I opted for a bold, yet flat finish for this guy. I’m not sure what I think.
I’m still working with raw clay for these fragmented figures. I like the reference to impermanence and insignificance. On the other hand, I feel a little nagging inside me to fire one of them. Maybe the next one.
Funny story: I put this together as a maquette to propose for installation. Here’s the kicker – I misread the call for entry; this isn’t what they’re looking for AT ALL. Oh well; maybe I’ll get to build a 7 foot tree in clay some other time.
I’ve been interested in the fragmentation of the figure for a long time. About a year ago, I was loading one of my life-sized figures into the kiln – part by part (it would later be glued together). Before I shut the kiln, I noticed how the parts looked, and snapped a photo of them intriguingly nestled together. I’m finally pursuing that moment. So far, here we are.
NCECA, as always, was wonderful. I had the opportunity to get critiques from a few professors. Their insights into my work were encouraging. Now, back to the studio to continue exploring new directions. I’ve posted a couple links about Roberto Lugo, one of this year’s Emerging Artists. He’s a tremendously inspiring, artist-activist.
In the meantime, I have a new piece showing at Carnegie Craft from April 4 – 26. The opening is on Friday April 10, 7 – 9:30pm.
I’m really interested in how the drying process affected the Hanging Lady. The random cracks cause me to think of how I could use this in future work. Hmm…