Saturday, March 13, 2010
Looking beyond the past isn't always enough to change the past, even if I want to. I've traveled across the country several times before, and was always sure I'd chosen the right path. This time it's different. I'm torn between wanting a place with space around me and being physically able to take care of that space.
This sculpture started out as a tall building, but the piece decided to morph into something completely different. When this happens I have no control other than to make what comes forth. No matter that I have no idea how I am going to get the top portion to stand up till it stiffens enough to stand on it's own. Sometimes I just have to make what I have to make. I ended up using toilet paper rolls folded in threes to hold up the top portion and supported it with a rolled up dry washcloth set on shelf beside it at just the right height.
I was born in 1950 in the middle of the century, in the middle of the country, poised between two different eras. One is modern and the other more traditional. I'm also a Gemini with a definite dual personality. Therefore I can rationalize what I make into two different categories. Two, who am I kidding, not sure I can limit myself to just two, there's much more than two. There's modern, traditional, spiritual, architectural, functional, sculptural, and on and on.
I plan to explore this type of piece more. I'm hoping to achieve asymmetrical sculptural pieces in clay. The bottom portion is a leaning square vase shape and the top piece is flat and set into the vase which holds it up. How about you, what era do you see your work falling? Or what type of art/work do you like? Modern, traditional, etc.?