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Lunar Series | Bird Series



					

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Lunar Navigation Series

The mixed media Lunar Abstract series came from my love of painting, sculpture and fire. The series references the phases of the moon and the maps of ancient mariners. The surface, colors and textures have an antique quality that makes them feel that they are from another time yet very contemporary. The way we remember places and the passage of time are themes woven into the surface. Each porcelain piece is saggar fired separately. I then begin a process similar to collage or quilting laying them out to find a composition.

The saggar firing process is integral to the final outcome, inviting the element of chance. The slow firing allows the combustibles and fire to leave behind random marks as well as parts of images upon the porcelain creating an atmospheric surface. After arranging the pieces into a final composition, the surface is further enhanced with graphite, wax and oils. Wire and mesh are added, resulting in a piece that exists as a moment in time rather than a static object.

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Mixed Media Bird Series

One day while experimenting with some saggar fired tiles, an image of a bird appeared to be on the surface. Since birds have long been the messengers of omens and their symbolism fit well with my work on dreams and memory, I decided to embark on this series.

As an artist, I must always find ways to keep “seeing.” The challenge of combining two mediums – (ceramics and painting) while creating a unique approach to a traditional subject has allowed me to return to my love of painting with fresh ideas. The saggar firing allows the combustibles and fire to leave behind random marks as well as parts of images upon the porcelain creating an atmospheric surface. It gives me the base from which to see what I could not on a white canvas.

The juxtaposition of the images with the text about nature, spirit and our feathered friends creates an interesting visual tension. The image that has emerged from the surface is further brought out with graphite, wax and oils, creating a one of a kind of piece that truly relies on the serendipity of all the events that surround its creation.

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