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Wild Women and more

I encourage everyone in the area to make a visit to the River Gallery in Independence to see the annual Wild Women show, through the end of February. As always there are lots of wonderful pieces in many media. I’ve got several sculptures in the show this year.

This year’s theme is Change the World. How very appropriate!

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Our southern border

The horror stories about the treatment of asylum seekers at our southern border just keep on coming. The situation is complicated, I know. There are ways to help, and uplifting stories of people doing humanitarian work, but the scope of the problem is overwhelming. A friend who was there used the word “devastating” more times than I can count when telling about it. But acting gives her hope.

My newest piece in response to all of this has the working title of Adrift 2. I’m tempted to call it Flotsam and Jetsam, as it seems to me lives are being treated as such. Is that too graphic? I’d love your feedback.

I am very aware that my whimsical work is far easier to enjoy. It’s more fun to make as well. I like to laugh too. But this is real, and I am compelled to speak out about it. Find your voice. Call and write your MOCs and express yourself about whatever matters to you. This is still a democracy. Take advantage of it.

Thanks for reading!

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Uprooted and Adrift

Millions of people in the world today are displaced from their homes.  Some are seeking opportunity, many are fleeing violence, persecution and poverty.  In this new series of sculpture I am exploring what I imagine to be some of their experiences.  Your comments are welcome.

Uprooted

Life Boat

Adrift

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ClayFest-open now!

We opened tonight and will be back 10-6 tomorrow, 11-5 Sunday.

Here’s my booth, #54 ready to welcome you at the Lane Co Fairgrounds

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Clay Fest 2018

Clay Fest, a great all-clay show at the Lane County Fairgrounds is coming up in less than 2 weeks!

Here are the particulars, on the postcard below.  Please stop by and see me in Booth 54.  I’ll have some new work and plenty of my more familiar pieces, as well as some great one-of-a-kind older work that I’ve decided it’s time to part with.  Friday evening is an especially good time to see everyone’s booth at its best, but we’ll be there all weekend.

 

After taking a year off from shows, I’m excited to be back for this one and look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Exploring

New year’s greetings! I’ve been a very absent blogger since spring (especially as it turns out the one post I did write about my work I accidentally  posted onto my travel blog instead of this one! Ah well, that’s history now).

I participated in a challenging and inspiring workshop last June, which shook me up even more than I hoped it would.  I wanted to push my work in some new directions and as one might expect, I am initially rather at sea while I figure out where my new North is.

Susannah Zucker  is a fabulous sculptor and teacher with whom I was privileged to spend 10 days, learning anatomy and how to make figurative work look more “believable”. That’s my goal.  Not real, but believable, and more alive, while retaining the gestural and whimsical qualities I’ve cultivated. That means lots of exploration, without the pressure of a show to produce a large number of pieces for. So I am taking the year off from Ceramic Showcase, while I see where this all takes me.

Meanwhile many more familiar pieces are available now at the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, Oregon.  Great town and gallery, worth a visit!

With a bit of trepidation, these are my first studies since the workshop, several still works in progress.   I am eager to see where I go from here.

As always I welcome your comments, and thank for taking a look.

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Art, Politics, and Ceramic Showcase

 

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Artists are in a unique position to bring attention to the events of their time.  Many say it is our responsibility to do so. It has been said that all art is political, whether or not the message is overt, because art always reflects the interests and values of the artist.

Case in point:  My sculpture typically has a lighthearted psychological bent.  But much of my “making” time this winter was spent working out my first response to current events.  Grief, fear, outrage, call to action. Wordsworth said that poetry is emotion recollected in tranquility,  though this process has been anything but tranquil. They are first drafts, where my heart was right there on my sleeve, barely distilled, and uncensored.  Poetry will come with time.

You’ll see my process, from shock and denial, in “First Response”, to preparing for activism in “Harnessing Love for the Fight”, and “Welcome Home”.  I noticed that my figures and faces have been mostly white, and changed that.  Out of the recesses of my twisted unconscious mind, the image of people with frogs on their heads came to stand for disbelief, or “You Can’t Make this (Shit) Up”, as well as “Endangered Species”, which recurs in several forms.  Images I’ve used before show up again with new meaning, such as “Sanctuary”, and “Eternal Optimist”.

I hope some of you will manage to stop by and visit me in Booth 10, at Ceramic Showcase.  We’re back at the Convention Center along with the Gathering of the Guilds, on April 21-23.  As always, best selection is on Friday.

 

 

 

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