Friday, May 16, 2008
Martina Round III
So here is my post – I have postponed posting since I’ve been trying to formulate a new artist statement. I am struggling to find a way to articulate what I do concisely and include the inspiration that is arising from my research in school. These pots indicate the focus I had through the last semester in school. The plates have allowed me a certain freedom in surface exploration. The challenge remains how to put what I enjoy about the flat surfaces into a more 3-d form. A resolution for the decoration of the pitchers continues to elude me. Right now in the studio, I am focuing on the plates and have begun to appropriate decoration from English medieval tiles and Persian ornament. I am altering mugs and working towards a bowl form that echoes some of the sensibilities of the pitchers in the altering and scallops.
I would appreciate feedback on both the form and decoration of all the pots and suggestions for the following statement.
Thanks, and I hope everyone is enjoying the summer,
The pots I make by hand are intended to be used daily. Thrown mugs and hand-built plates are my sketchbook. Not bound by a particular ceramic tradition, I am able to appropriate ornament and form from a multitude of sources. Referential of English Medieval Slipware and Italian Renaissance Majolica, I decorate combining historical ornament with ubiquitous text, and drawings of personal narrative. Inspiration comes through the act of making. As my work develops I begin to recognize the cross-pollination that occurs between surface and form.
A similar correlation may transpire between the objects I make and their domestic environments. As I work in the studio I imagine the pots I create in use. I remain aware that the intended utilitarian role of the object has the capacity to evolve. I aim to create objects that foster relationships with their owners that develop and deepen over time.
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