Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Tweedles

I really had a lot of fun making these crazy "Siamese twin" Tweedles. I love black and white checkers and stripes (hard to tell huh!) And the little crow has such personality!

A Hare and a Hatter

This guy is one of my favorite "Alice" characters. There are so many ways to interpret him. This Mad Hatter is more stoic than mad. He stands calmly in his teacup (perhaps he has gotten himself into "hot water" with an ornery riddle)!

Alice and Friends

This is Blue Alice (expression and dress color inspired). Her little white hare was created by Nina Gail Bears (my artistic daughter) and painted by me. Her orange cheshire cat grins craftily at her base (I wonder if he is thinking about disappearing soon?).

2009 Face Jugs

I have slowed down on creating miniature face jugs because I am having a lot of fun with the folk art figures right now. Here are the jugs I have created this year so far. All of these were sold on ebay (carrot jug is up for auction at this time).

Star Riders

I began this series of star riders last fall. I really enjoy making them. I am in the process of writing a children's story to go along with the star riders. Another star rider doll will be up for auction on ebay in April 2009.

Past artwork

In the beginning....hard to say which beginning exactly, there have been so many.
-mud pies
-rock towers
-graphite portraits
-surrealist drawings
-charcoal drawings
-large sculpture
-installation sculpture
-miniature face jugs
-primitive figurative sculpture

Photos here are from installation work between 2000 and 2002.
The black and white photos are from the Carnegie Art Center in Covington, Kentucky.
The sculptures are made from a chicken wire armature with my paper clay recipe over top. The sculptures were extremely durable and yet very light weight. The installation consisted of nest forms that were emerging into (or regressing from) various stages of human configuration. The installation dealt with the idea of birth and death in a very primitive manner. The main figure, holding the branch, represents the mother/earth from which springs forth all physical life and to which all physical life returns in death.
The color photos are of an outdoor installation located at the Ohio River Grasses exhibit in Cincinnati, Ohio. The installation depicts our connection with nature (trees in particular) and our dependence upon the survival of nature for our own subsistence. In another way , the installation portrays the cycle of life (and of life and death). the sculptures were created with a chicken wire armature, my paper clay, and branches. The installation held up quite well for four months outdoors.