I just finished building this mixed media assemblage sculpture and it's titled: Send Me a Sign13"x26"x3.5"
It was created with a lot of different parts, I used a lot of transparencies, old paper, made a mold for the crows head, old telephone parts, circut boards,metal, wood, collage. The words inscribed are:
This mornings song enveloping us at first light is shattered by a muder of crows a reminder of the darkness lingering at the edge of dawn.
The idea behind this one is to be attuned to moments on the threshold between our dream state and wakefulness. I believe it's a juncture where information, that we can use creatively, congregates. If we are able decipher or interpret what it is that we glimpse in those brief moments we can give it a voice.
A new piece I've finished this week. I trying to add ceramic into my work with the word Hypothermia embossed into some clay and fired in the kiln. I know its a small piece of ceramic but I don't want to draw attention to the fact that I'm using clay in my work. I like to be subtle about it, to try and combine materials seamlessly. Ive been taking a ceramics class and love working with clay I can't wait to explore ways to include it in my work.
A New Assemblage I've been working on for 2018 30"x 20"x 7" Titled - I Can't Keep My Eyes Off You. Another meditation on impermanence.
This one took me awhile to complete I don't know if it was because I was struggling with what materials to use/ how to use them or the fact that I was back surfing again and that burned up some of my creative time in the day. I have to keep telling myself that I should have no preconcieved notions on what a sculpture should look like. I want to combine and juxtapose whatever materials I deem important to the final result. I'm trying to get away from allowing the shape of the material I use in the sculpture to determine the final look. I looking for something amorphous, something like an exploded diagram of a three dimensional object.
I'm trying to get away from allowing myself to be lured into putting things into the four surfaces of a container like some of my older pieces.
Thanks tatum for taking the photos of me in the process!
Materials: A wheel thrown bisqued bowl made with Long Beach clay Metallic black raku glaze Lava Flow raku glaze One Small metal can filled with bark from a birch tree and about three pages of the local newspaper. And a kiln fired to about 1600 degrees. So happy with the results, the surface of the bowl has flashes of green and gold areas of black metallic and copper. A tortured surface going from the hot kiln to the cooling water in about 4 to 5 minutes! It's a relatively simple and spontaneous, immediate process that produces some beautiful results. Survived the cycle of earth, fire, air and water!
A new mixed media piece this one is 17" x 20" incorporates drawing and a bit of collage. I used some old blueprints for the foundation and then layered pen, pencil, color markers and colored pencils, thinking a lot about the fragility of life and how generally we take for granted our health and mobility.
A bunch of new bowls and teapots out of the high fire kiln the other day. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I had a few duds and had the lids of two tea pots fused onto the body! I tried to remove the lids but to no avail. Had to break one of the lids and saved the teapot body and i'll make a lid later.
Most of these small bowls i'm using Black mountain clay and glazing with tenmoku, carbon trap shino and . I really enjoy the subtle changes in color and distressed look to these bowls.
This small teapot has an iron oxide wash on the lower part of the form and the top is glazed with carbon trap shino and then a white glaze in the interior of the teapot.
This small teapot has iron oxide wash and left raw on the top half with a white glaze dipped halfway and on the inside of the pot. I like how the white glaze and iron oxide worked together to produce that spotted grey distressed look.