I am drawn to clay. It is malleable, forgiving and impressionable – until it is fired.
Then it is transformed, emerging from the kiln, solid and unwavering.
Clay is an ideal canvas. It is a “tabula rasa” – a blank slate – on which to imprint ideas, images, and textures. Whether collecting found objects to imprint or creating silkscreens from black and white images to use, my pieces are non-functional; I prefer to make objects that elevate aesthetics above utilitarianism.
This Image is part of an era gone by. In the 1950s/1960s – TV stations would go “off air” at midnight – and one image would stay on – with a static-like noise in the background. This “TV Test” pattern stays with me – from childhood – as a great graphic and call to action. It fits into my concept of the tests we take in life, but also is a reminder to self – to STAY TUNED; I never know when inspiration might strike or what idea will take center stage – embedding itself in my mind until it takes shape….so stay tuned for more work!
“Pencils Down” is part of a “Test” series. In this work, I experimented with silkscreens I made based on classic tests: eye tests, SAT tests and Rorschach tests - symbolic of some of the larger tests we endure in life. This piece was completed in January 2017 during a residency at the Penland School of Crafts, a creative “Artopia” that has been a significant source of inspiration to me in its artistic community and stunning mountain landscape. . Like an unfinished SAT, this clay “bubble test” is not completely finished in a traditional sense. It is intentionally left unglazed to showcase the naturally beautiful surface of clay.
This piece is on display from December 9, 2017 – January 22, 2018 at THE TORPEDO FACTORY, Target Gallery, in the group show UNFINISHED WORK located along the picturesque Potomac River Waterfront and Founders Park in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
The Opening Reception will take place on December 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with a special Curator led Gallery Talk at 7:30 p.m., December 15, 2017.
I hope to see you there!
As a writer, photographer and teacher, I prefer to use white stoneware. It most closely mimics paper and is an ideal backdrop on which to transfer imagery, words, and textures. I find patterns mesmerizing, whether from a small garlic press from pressed into clay, pillow-case edge trim from a childhood room to capture memories, tire treads or large-scale industrial rivets as inspiration for repetitive pattern. The forms I create are randomly folded in response to the “call of the clay.” I seek to quickly capture a form that feels imbued with breath inside, thereby opening the piece to the world in terms of volume and appearance.