Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Mixed Media Some projects require that I step outside the boundaries of pure clay work and explore other materials in the design of an object.  Some mixed-media pieces are for comfortable display and some are for commentary or expression.  Swarovski crystals, metal, feathers, wood, wax, string, and stone are my favorite materials that may be added to a sculpture or a wall decoration in a mixed-media...
Moondance

Moondance

Moondance One of my favourite historical stories/myths is the tale of Icarus.  It was my father’s analysis of Matisse’s The Flight of Icarus, that provoked my long investigation of the character and the many themes that surround the story.  I began my study with paintings and sketches, following the notion of a flying woman, placing her against the moon instead of the sun, having her fall from the sky, alone, but why?  And the question that continues to resonate in my mind, is it possible to have a female Icarus?  Is it possible that a woman could be so rebellious as to disobey her father and natural laws, to not pay attention to the depth of the sea or the height of the sun, to be truly free?  In Matisse’s portrait, Icarus is humanity’s hero, with a red heart, caught in the flight upwards, celebrating freedom, flight and hope; but what path would she take, if Icarus had a...
Literary

Literary

Literary A central feature in my work is the use of literature as a material. I studied English literature at university with an interdisciplinary approach and find that many of the qualities associated in that study are reproduced in my working with clay. Developing the relationship between the word and object is an important process for me as I use language and theory directly on the clay and often I use clay as a way to make new stories and...
Mythology

Mythology

Mythology The main narrative in my mythological work has been the story of Icarus. What intrigues me is the question of how the myth of Icarus may have unfolded he had a sister. My sculpture and other forms take on the problem of the feminine heroine and I use the text from Ovid and the mythology itself to insert a female into the story and question of what happens when one poses the question “could Icarus have been a girl?” The other aspect of the myth of Icarus is the notion of metamorphosis in which the human changes into a bird and various other mythological occurrences in which the human either undergoes a certain physical change such as in the Chrysalides vases or in which there already exists a hybrid such as in the Sphinx. Sphinx. 17”x12’x11”, Sculpture made with paper clay. Oxides, underglaze, lustre, electric fired cone 6. Post firing additions of silver metal on paws and scorpion tail and poly-filla applied to body and then treated with a heat gun to create blisters and points, so as to render it painful to touch. The Sphinx is a magical creature and a powerful female figure, albeit unpleasant. This mythological creature travels from village to village demanding answers to the riddles she poses and if a citizen is unable to correctly answer, he or she is eaten (please note the human being devoured inside the open mouth of the Sphinx). This version of the Sphinx exhibits a female head and torso, the body of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the tail of a...