"Hatred is born of fear, it’s born of ignorance. Fear is its father, and isolation is its mother." The words of Christian Picciolini grabbed my depths. According to this former white supremacist, a solution to acts of hatred was empathy even though he and other white supremacists least deserved it.
"Conversations stop violence," a black activist, Theo EJ Wilson, said. Only with heart to heart conversations, fear and ignorance can be replaced with understanding and empathy. The pain of isolation may be lessened. Hatred may be broken.
Picciolini and Wilson's ideas and what they have been doing to put an end to horrible acts of killing one person at a time moved me. Just like them, could each of us be a part of solution to gun violence, reaching out to those whose isolation is boiling to the point of hatred? In this piece, the dove that symbolizes peace is very weak. Yet, it is not dead. It is lifting its head and looking at the woman, as if asking us, "I am in your hands. Help me fly again."
This is my first attempt to combine a painting with a sculpture. I intend to return to this piece after putting it aside for awhile. Meanwhile, could you please give me your honest feedback? Are the painting and the sculpture complimenting or fighting against each other? The painting looks too busy, or the figure, too dirty? Are the colors working? Any input is appreciated.
Nine more Little Buddhas are coming in the next 2 months. Please look forward to it.
I'm still playing around with the idea of Fukunokami Jar. The ones made of brown clay look more like Asian deities than the creamy colored one which was made of white clay. The pointy and square hats seem winners. Sorry that my process is slow, but I will have a selection of them ready by this year's Fall Colors Art Studio Tour, which is scheduled for Sept. 21 & 22. Hope many of you will plan to come.
The dove at the foot of the figure is supposed to go into her hands when it is completed. Of course, she is not going to wear the green gloves. The entire piece will be painted in subdued colors. I have to rely on your imagination for now, but I hope my message against gun violence is conveyed to you even at this stage.
While I took a break from social media, I experimented a lot with new finishing techniques. More experimentation is needed, but I feel ready to try them on my new pieces. I may ruin them, but that is a part of ceramic art. Something interesting may come out of it. Please look forward to it.
The second jar is ready. The beret seems to go with the face better than the first prototype, but it will be very difficult to make a mold of it. I'm going to experiment with a few more different hats. It's kinda fun.
I thought this pose would be structurally challenging as the whole weight needed to be supported by the small ankles. That problem was easily solved by placing many supports as you see in the photos. The most difficult part was to come up with right body proportions. I attempted to fix it, but still the deltoids look too big, and the face, too small. She does not look like a petite Asian woman.... :-(
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.