This piece is in a sense two separate pieces. The top
is made of thin strips of pine bent and adhered to either side of
the base to create a cocoon like space. My intention was to draw the
viewer in mentally more than physically placing themselves in a
unique private space. The base of the top structure is cut from MDF
board to suggest the shape of someone sitting Indian style. The
bottom piece was assembled to create a simple platform structure that
allows others in to get up-close becoming part of the piece.
the only material used for this project was clay with a hint of cement powder.
sizes vary from about 16"x18" to 1"x1"
With these artifacts I was searching for an old feeling. Not of mine personally, but when you look at them you get a feeling of the past. I wanted people to have questions....so many questions! About the marks and what they mean along with the audience to create their own stories about the piece, Since I have been trying to incorporate these tribalesque drawings of mine into my 3- dimensional work, I think this was a great way to portray it. I wanted the audience to have this urge of wanting more after seeing the few I had. Clay is my passion and this is allowing me to roam around the world of clay and explore my options within it. Some of the limits it has, and learning how to work with it at its different stages of life are just some of the things I was being taught while making these pieces.
When viewing this piece, the audience is experiencing trees in a different way than they normally do. Bark is viewed in rings, a pattern usually found inside the tree rather than outside where bark is normally seen. Tree trunks are hung vertically, juxtaposing the normality in which trees which grow vertically from the earth. As a human race we take trees for granted. They are so vital to our existence and the majority of our society passes by them without a second glance. The trees in this exhibit don't allow you that chance. They invade the viewers space and force them to take notice.
3' x 3' x 3' Void is a continuation of a previous piece, Pile, that explores the interaction between what is seen on the outside and the mysteries that are held on the inside. A great deal of what is happening in my life at this time is I feel a great distance between my outer, public self and my inner, very private self.