These are my submission to the Archie Bray Foundation residency program. Last year I did not have enough sculptures to fill the 20 slots of the required images. This year I had more than enough to choose from. Looking through these photos, I contemplated what I would aspire to learn this year. I would like to improve my composition. Although there is a limit to what we can construct with clay, I would like to play with the shape and the space to make my sculpture more appealing to the visual and emotional senses. Improving my photographing skills is my second homework. As my artworks are complicated, I may have to use both natural and artificial light to achieve the most dramatic effect. The road to professionalism seems to me never-ending trials, errors, and new trials.
This sculpture of the Sea Goddess taught me two major lessons.
First do not put too many plastic bags and straws in the sculpture, unless you want to scare the hell of the facility staff while being fired. When I was called in to the pottery studio, a fire extinguisher was set at the doorway. The staff were truly worried about the kiln being on fire because of the strong smell emitted from the combusting plastics in the sculpture. In place of plastic I am going to experiment with natural substances. In the arms of my next figurine, I may put a cattail stem. It will be interesting.
Secondly do not spray varnish on the sculpture BEFORE photographing it. Now it glares so much that I can no longer play with the lighting to give more dramatic effect. I can still play with the background color, though. I am going to put a piece of black linen behind it to see if it will enhance the sculpture's color.
About "Art in Process"
This page is an window for you to see my creative process. I would like to encourage you to leave your comments here. I hunger for a conversation with you about my art. What kind of emotions or thoughts did my art provoke you? What did you like/dislike? What viewpoint do you agree/disagree to? Your honest feedback will feed my art going forward. Thank you.