There's an intimacy to small work that's very exciting for me. My ideas have always come to me life sized... but the smallwork series is inspiring me to make things I've never thought of before. Just prior to my getting started on work for the Small Works in the Foothills show this spring, I was finishing up my "Mother & Child" sculpture, which took more than two months to complete, so working small was a very welcome change for lots of reasons.
I knew that working small would allow me to complete many more works in a shorter span of time, but I had no idea how interestingly expressive it would be for me.
The Steins... I began making the steins for the Small Works in the Foothills show at As if Studios this spring. These are the first things that came to mind for a small work series. The Steins range from simple handbuilt forms with smooth surfaces, to intricately carved surfaces. Some are food safe, others are strictly sculptural, depending on the glaze used.
Some friends of mine, Matt & Michelle Margulies, are opening a pub in Nevada City, Mateo's Public... Michelle asked if I'd help come up with some local artist shows to do there. It got me thinking about how the sculptural steins would be a perfect way to embrace their business and their patrons. I think it would be so much fun to create sculptural steins especially for them... maybe even of them!
Opening... The "Opening" series continues in small format... this form has always been incredibly powerful for me. I keep making them, as each one seems to be inhabited with various parts of me.
Broken Woman... The "Broken Woman" series began in 2008. My ideas almost always come to me life-sized, but as I move into this new realm of small work, I find she too follows me there. For me she symbolizes the broken-ness that so many of us feel... the broken-ness of the feminine, that I, in making art, seek healing forms and images that foster acknowledgement, growth, embodiment.
Spirit Vessels... The "Spirit" series came to me while I was working small. I really was imagining animal spirits, but the human figure just comes out of my hands unless I am very specific from the onset. I'll get to the animals one of these days.