A famous artist once said that it is the job of any artist to control the context in which their art is seen. I have been given the opportunity to have my "Trees In Winter" series seen together as a group with great light (and great company) The 8 from ACGA show will be up till May 25th at the DAC...see info at right.
I wanted to make another wall-hung piece, but I didn't spend much time thinking about it. I just started with a torso, which went fine. NOW...what is the piece saying? I have arms, hands, a face (or two) and I couldn't continue because I had no focus. In the end, I ripped off the arms and finished the piece as simply as I could because I loved the torso and wanted to save it. This teaches me to not jump into the clay before fully visualizing the piece.
Once again I found myself looking for, hungry for ...color. I was possessed. I painted a new piece in bright red underglaze before working in my usual iron oxides. She so bright and and so satisfying to look at, but I don't know if it's a trend. For right now, I will consider it my answer to the winter doldrums.
I want to include you in my process. The ideas start as a glimmer at the back of my brain that eventually become drawings in my sketchbook. Between the drawings and the finished stage of the work a lot of magic happens that I can never fully explain.