Another work in progress. This pieces is approximately 18 inches tall and will be resting on a hand-made chessboard made of walnut and maple. The form is a pawn modeled with architectural references rooted in ancient history. My inspiration for this piece comes from the questioning of our existence and the role we play within this reality.
I have also made progress on my previous piece, Mother Nature, which I will upload images of as soon as possible. Unfortunately, time has been a precious commodity of late, and I regret not keeping this blog updated more frequently. As my work progresses, I will try harder to post more frequent updates. I will also be creating some new work in the coming months that will be in the same vein as Cycle of Decay, which will be for a collaborative exhibition in December. As that develops, I will be keeping extensive documentation of the process. Check back periodically for info.
I'd just like to start out this post with another big THANK YOU! to the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design for support through the Windgate Fellowship. This amazing organization provided funds for me to do visual research in Italy and Chicago, allowed me to build a studio, AND in the spring I'll be going to Inyo National Forest to do more research. I can't thank them enough! This fellowship has allowed me to enrich and continue my artistic practice. From these experiences I've already begun to develop new pieces such as this one.
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The first trip related to the Windgate proposal was to Chicago this weekend. After spending countless hours walking around town, going to the Art Museum and spending almost a full day at the Field Museum, I've come home with hundreds of images....thank goodness for digital. Now to spend an eternity sorting and editing. Here's a few that I enjoy, with more to come in the future.
Since the paint booth gets next to no use, it is now used for installations and photography. Why wasn't this done sooner? Now I can take those long needed photos of my recent work. And, in the spirit of re-purposing to reduce costs, the 6' tall wall was originally the shipping pallet from the new kiln. I have to thank Marta for the wonderful suggestion.
Time to do the initial firings and start cranking out some work. I would like to begin this blog by thanking the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design for the Windgate Fellowship that has allowed me to furnish my studio and continue my work. I will regularly update this blog with posts related to my fulfillment of the fellowship over the next 18 months.