Monday, February 21, 2011
In the Graduate Seminar class that the majority of the ceramic graduate class is in, there has been a lot of discussion pertaining to conceptual art. There seems to be an abundance of lackadasical objects floating around in the artworld with pages of concept supporting the objects. My question is, why do people spend so much time trying to prove the worth of an object they spent all of five minutes obtaining? It just seems to me, that if you are an excellent writer, then why try to pass yourself off as an object maker? Why not just become a theorist, or a philosopher? And more so, why are these "artists" being supported by major contemporary museums?
Friday, February 18, 2011
Hello Everyone! Please stop by this coming Wednesday and Thursday, February 23rd and 24th, to see our visiting artist, sculptor Magda Gluszek.
She will be demonstrating both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and she will be giving an artist talk on Wednesday night in the East Hall Classroom at 8:30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Monday, February 14, 2011
I have found that in the realm of ceramics, there is often a stigma attached to clay. Outside of the people that actually work with clay, there seems to be a popular misconception that clay working can only be craft, and not fine art. I personally believe that it is not what you use to make your work (artwork), but it is the thought, passion and ideas that lead you to make an object or image that define whether or not something is fine art, craft, or design. That is not to say that one is better than the other (craft versus fine art); that is an entirely different debate.
Most of us know of the popular paintings of Thomas Kinkade. Because Kinkades medium is paint, he is often advertised as an artist, but when your work becomes production is it still art? Perhaps his first original paintings were art because he had an idea or a vision, but now, after they have been mass-produced is it still art, or is it craft? Or, is it something else? I leave this entry as an opening into the discussion of art versus what?. Feel free to add your two cents to this topic . . .
I find myself compelled to integrate imagery of the human face into much of my work. A persons face can act as a window into their thoughts. I look at the physical body, or a persons face, as a shell we can often hide behind; but also as a way to express our thoughts, and emotions. This is one reason in particular that you will often find faces emerging from sections of my work.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Spirals have been used symbolically throughout the ages of humanity to represent an abundance of ideas and philosophies of the human spirit, as well as representations of nature and the universe. A spiral is probably one of the most recognized symbols throughout the world, used and manipulated for what ever purpose we choose. It can represent the the centering, layering, or abundance of one's thoughts or self, while also representing the spiral of life and existence. Perhaps there is a deeply embedded reasoning in the human psyche for our connectivity to spiral imagery. With the questions, emotions, and ideas that drive my work, I certainly see, and feel, an appropriateness when integrating this type of symbolism.