Perception, (2016), a rabbit (22”x15”x 10”), low fire clay, fired to Cone 06 and cold finished with acrylic paint. The figure is primarily painted in black and white with the exception of the eyes. The emphasis is placed on the eyes directed toward the empty watch to convey the subjective perception of time. Our human need for understanding and control leads us to create what we feel is an objective instrument to keep track of time, yet our individual perceptions of how time passes is very subjective.
Security is an Illusion
Security is an illusion, (2017), head attached to a house, (18 ½ “ x 9”x 8”) , mid-fire clay, fired to Cone 1, second fire to Cone 06, terra sigillata, stain, gold leaf. This figure imparts the sense that a house can ground you, and make you feel secure, but in reality, security is an illusion. The head and the house are liquefying a bit as the reality sets in, the facial features convey a sense of moving toward peace and acceptance while trying to silence the contrasting fool in his head.
Security is an Illusion
Persona, (2016), figure holding a mask (18 ½ “x 6”x 6 ½”), mid-fire clay, fired to Cone 1, second fire to Cone 06, underglaze, iron oxide, stain, glaze. This piece represents the self that we reveal to society. The figure is in a shiny fancy ball gown, holding a glitter mask with feathers representing the perfect self that is outwardly presented. The vacant empty eyes behind the fancy mask, the fool’s hat, and the demons that hide within are all present, but are to be hidden from public view as the figure holds her finger to her lips indicating her need to conceal the less than perfect self.
Magikal Thinking (2017), coyote in a jester hat holding a moon, (20”x13”x16”), mid-fire clay fired to Cone 1, second firing to Cone 06, terra sigillata, stain, underglaze, glaze, gold metal bells. Magical thinking is considered a cognitive distortion in the psychological world, but in contrast, a necessity in the creative mind. The coyote is the universal symbol of the trickster and joker, and the keeper of magic as reflected in the jester hat, and the moon. The moon that the coyote is holding is a mystical symbol of the measure of time, and cyclical changes in life and nature. The moon has influenced worship, ceremonies, and beliefs throughout history.
Self-Acceptance, (2016), clown sitting on a trunk, (20“x 17” x17.5” ), mid –fire clay fired to Cone 1, second firing to Cone 06, terra sigillata, stain, underglaze, glaze. Self-acceptance came about when menacing clowns were popping up in the national news in the fall of 2016. Our seemingly universal fear of clowns, which is named coulrophobia, came to the forefront, and provided a very interesting topic to explore. One interesting theory about our fear of clowns, is that the painted on smile is psychologically uncomfortable, and it inhibits our ability to read the facial expresssions providing us with important social cues that guide our interactions. Creating and poking fun at unsettling and fearful topics can bring a sense of control and emotional release. In this sculpture, a disturbing, yet humorous clown sits on a circus trunk with a machete lying next to him. The clown is holding a cup of coffee with the words, Crazy Killer Clown, while looking out contemplatively, and feeling satisfied as if finding comfort in the chaos of his persona, and accepting the many levels of self.
Resilience, (2016), a three-quarter scale female figure (22 ½ “x 31” x 18”) has her wrists and ankles bound together in prison shackles, mid-fire clay, fired to Cone 1. The figure is painted with a gradation from black to white in acrylic, with realistically rendered blue eyes. The shift in color from dark to light highlights a complex conundrum; that one’s struggle can be a vehicle for tremendous personal growth.