This piece will be placed on a bronze-colored semitransparent acrylic sheet. Underneath it, I plan to paint words as if they are floating. Some have already sunk outside of her reach, and some others are still on the surface. The words represent our memory.
Photos sometimes show defects that I missed, and I had cut off her blankets a few times already. I may do that more after leaving it aside for a few days.
I'm continuing to produce new work under the theme of dementia. The boat represents a life's passage, and I plan to incorporate it in a few of my pieces in this series. In this piece, questions from a person with dementia to her doctor are inscribed in her words on the canoe:
The blanket behind her holds what are important to her. They are "family, friends, smile, reaching out, and compassion." The finished piece will be placed on a bronze-colored acrylic sheet. Hopefully it will give an illusion of still water.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
I have started to make new pieces for a joint exhibit with Kit Watson. The theme will be dementia, aging, death, and beyond. This figure was supposed to be on a boat, but I miscalculated the size, and it became too big for it. This is my solution. The thumb and the little finger will be re-attached after firings.
Unresolved issues often continue to haunt people with memory loss. They may have forgotten so many things, but sadness or anger aroused from the bitter experience lingers. Sometimes, the person concerned has been long gone, and the reconciliation is no longer possible. The figure reflects such unfading sorrow. After firings I intend to paint a silhouette of angle on the back.
My piece is included in the sculpture collection of 2022 iCAN Calendar. I am not sure how this topless piece will be accepted by pottery enthusiasts, but that will be an iCAN's headache. The call was open internationally. I want to celebrate this as my first small step going outside of this region as an artist.
The calendar is currently for sale in the following link: https://mycan.ceramicartsnetwork.org/s/shop
A figurine that I had created years ago fell and broke. As the thin clay on the robe was impractically fragile, it had to be replaced with something nonbreakable. I had never expected that the mixed media technique that I had been experimenting with Kit Watson would become useful.
How you present your artwork matters. That is why painters spend fortunes on frames; and sculptors, on sculpture stands. I had been avoiding this extra work, as I did not believe in spending hundreds of dollars for the cosmetic improvement. However, I am at the point I have to make my work more presentable. Here are my first attempts. You will see before and after photos. What do you think?
My friend thinks I should delegate the carpentry work to a professional. When I know exactly what I want, I hope to hire someone. For now, I am getting by with trial and error.
I could not go visit my duo-show partner Kit Watson for more than 3 months, but she kept producing new work. Alzheimer's disease isolates the patient, and this extravert woman has been increasingly feeling that even though her family and friends are considerate and caring. Kit may have been sad and frustrated, but she has never showed it to me, always maintaining her pleasant, charming self. That was why her self-portrait was heartrending to me. I love the drawing.
Some bronze sculptors use a single-source lighting when they photograph their art. In this technique, the shadows play a major role dramatizing the images. I also played with the space around the sculptures and the camera angles. What do you think?
Managed to finish all the 7 new Little Buddhas in time to include them in my inventory list for an upcoming group show. I'm still pondering on the titles of some of the buddhas. I don't want to "explain" the figures with the titles. How could they be used to guide the viewer's imagination? Each image is captioned with its tentative title. Your input is appreciated.
The colors of water are blues, greens, and browns though the blues do not show on the photos well. This is the first time I used clear gloss acrylic medium. I like the contrast between the matte colors of the figure and the satiny surface of the water that the gloss medium brought forth. She will be glued on a black base board.
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