In a body of work there is a common thread of expression and exploration that binds it together. My current work contemplates our shared existence and individual experience. It is a pursuit of “truth” (trying to figure out what and how things really are). I am intrigued by what we think, do, and say, by who we are and how we live and the ideologies we embrace.
The body is the container that our consciousness comes in.
Behind that familiarity are truths about the human condition.
They are contemplative statements, ubiquitous and global thoughts, universal principles.
They are questions that are never fully answered in any final way; why are we here?, and how do we live?
here’s what I know so far:
people are important.
tech talk My ceramic figures begin with hand building techniques in red earthenware clay with a high grog content. I use red clay because of its relevance to where I live. I layer the surface with terra sigillata, slips, underglaze, stains, oxides, glazes, and underglaze pencils and powders – firing each piece three to five times. My imagery is influenced by Greek and Roman sculpture, Catholic statuary, South American Santos, and Southern and indigenous folk art. Some of the larger pieces utilize “stages and backdrops” – to create an environment or context. Graffiti tags and text are added as elements that provide essence; the “I AM” – of things that distinguish and define a life.
May it be of benefit