Sculpture| Painting| Jewelry
I have selected a few pieces that represent the type of work that I do. Each discipline finds a different way of expressing itself and me through the types of materials that flow within that discipline. You can find more of my work on the gallery page of my artist website.
For the sculpture piece I chose a slab and coil-built three part vase. Each piece was built individually and only rests together. Each could be displayed or used separately. This piece was loosely based on Jamon period vases and pottery. The assembled pieces measure 15" tall by 11" wide and 9" deep. The phoenix has always been an important symbol in my life. As an artist we experience many ups and downs, the phoenix has been a reminder for me that I will always bounce back. It also plays an important part in my art making process. Many ideas crash and burn, but from those ideas new and better ideas are born.
For the Painting I have selected a piece that was completed in my first Colorado studio. It was my re-awakening piece. The piece is called 'She'. Created in acrylics and ink, the piece is 18" by 24" un-framed. The main technique for creating paintings that I use is emergent. I place what colors I feel good about on the canvas in what ever patterns are pleasing at the time, paying special attention to brush stroke visibility, color blending and opacity. These are important for the next step of the process, finding out what the canvas wants to be. I look at the positive and negative spaces created by the colorful background, then I determine what the subject will be. Sometimes this is not so successful, but I feel that it worked just right for this one. The painting is speaking a lot about my conflict of emotions at the time of acquiring my studio. The tree represents how rooted I am in art, the ethereal presence quotes my ability to go with the flow but also how ghost like my connection to art had become. The house may represent my family (I was a new mom at the time) and how difficult it was to leave the home to do art.
The Jewelry piece that I have selected is from my second semester metals studio class. I chose this piece because it has ties to the previous two pieces. Strongly rooted in memories and change, as well as quoting the natural world. The gingko tree is one that represents travel, exploration and new experiences for me. I had not seen these trees in the United States until I attended CSU. They are planted right outside the metals studio. While I travel frequently with my family, we have been to several more tropical climates where these trees are native. They are reminders of travel and lasting memories created during those travels. Every link was hand crafted, and the ginko leaves were cast using the lost wax method.This piece is in transition, I will be revising this piece after my education is complete.