Sunday, January 18, 2015

Three Down, Two to Go.

Today I finished my 3rd MFA Residency! Two more left to go. This residency was the best so far and I finally feel as though I am moving in the right direction. I can't wait to get back in the studio.

Here are a few pictures of my critique space, they're not the best but at least it's something.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Catching Up.

As I am preparing to go into my third residency; writing my semester summary, re-writing my artist statement, etc; I am struck by how satisfied I currently feel about where I am. While I know that this feeling could all come crashing down during those ten intensive days of critiques, I am proud about my exploration in the studio this semester.

I feel more confident in the ideas I want to explore and the aesthetic they are taking on. Last semester I felt like the work I produced wasn't truly mine, this time I feel the exact opposite. I work in clay for it's inherent materialism. I am interested in the way things come to be, how an object is created and in turn deteriorates, they way dissimilar objects coexist. I draw inspiration from geology, my personal relationships with the world around me. I strive to create objects that reveal evidence of their origin.

I spent quite a bit of time this past weekend taking more professional images of my work (with a large dose of assistance from my always reliable assistant, Geoffrey Gavett). While they still need some editing here is a glimpse of some final products from this past semester.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 2014.

It's November. I just had my 4th meeting with Julie and as always it was amazing. She is always a wealth of information leaving me both inspired, confident and overwhelmed. We spoke a lot about finishing pieces and creating installations/displays for all the parts I am makings. We both agree that the introduction of new materials; metal, wood, concrete; are necessary to balance the work. I intended to explore all these possibilities over the next month while I continue to create new work and finish work that is in progress. 

So, a finished piece...

In progress....

The idea of working in tiles or bricks has been intriguing me as of late.

 Some more compressed pieces from daily walks. Compression has become increasingly important to me in these pieces. The fact that they are only staying together because of the physical force is interesting to me.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tracking Time.

Just a sample of a few of the clay melts I have been doing throughout the semester. There is something I cannot replicate when I am building. I cannot rush the creation of these, they take however long they take to become what they are. I can't force it or direct it like I can when building.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Playing around with finishing pieces... and thinking about display/context. Things are chugging along.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Catch Up.

Life has been moving at an epic pace lately. Between work, studio and reading, blogging has fallen by the wayside. For example since the last time I checked in here I made a bunch of stuff, photographed it, intended to blog about it, got carried away in the studio and forgot to post it. Now I am playing catch up, so since taking these pictures, I have made a whole bunch more that need to be documented! It's a vicious cycle I tell you.

More to come. I just wanted to make sure you all knew I was still alive and makin'.