Following a seasoned sculptor's suggestion, a black backdrop and dramatic lighting were used photographing this piece. I think the whole atmosphere successfully brought out the feeling I tried to convey. I feel like cheating, though, as the photos look better than the actual piece. I intend to learn more about this kind of photo shooting techniques. It'll be interesting....
May this image generate warmth within! We need that, especially when it's bitter cold outside.
This piece was modeled after a friend who was, in my view, like the sacred mountain where monarch butterflies gather from all over the North American Continent. When I mentioned this to her, she did not see herself in it. People around her could easily perceive her delightful qualities, but her heart was too humble to acknowledge it.
This piece is to celebrate the genuine beauty like hers, and I believe we all could attain it. Even if we age and loose our outer attractiveness, it will continue to shine. I strive to become like her.
Because of the frigid weather, the holidays, and jet lag, I procrastinated longer than I had anticipated. Finally I'm happily back in production.
LOCKED BOY portrays a gray-haired man who was abused by his father as a child. He still cannot overcome the bitterness he experienced. He himself mistreated his own children when they were small, and it is his haunting regret. The boy whose heart was shattered by his father is still locked deep within. Could he let him go? The white dove which represents peace awaits to enter his heart in place of the locked boy.
Hope you all are staying warm!
This wall-hung has changed a lot from the original concept to the final version. Hope this conveys to you what I intended to express, which was "empathy." It is the most beautiful ability we possess.
During my last stay in Japan, I saw my mother and step-father sitting side by side on the floor and eating popsicles. I wish to recreate the image of their happiness in clay. Well, the chance may come to me when I go to the home country next month. I'm excited. Happy Holidays!
It is blessing to have friends, who are extraordinarily loving and caring. People are naturally drawn to them, and their lives are often full because of who they are. I tried to portray such delight and warmth of a person in this wall-hung.
I've been wanting to sculpt a man in tears. My friend agreed to tackle this difficult task and modeled for this sculpture. With my home renovation projects squared away, I'm happily back in production. The next piece will be a happy one.
Compared to yesterday's post, this may push people away, but we need this kind of toughness in our life as well in my opinion. Thunderbird, a mystic bird that represents power and rebirth, is a new symbol of transgender among the Native Americans. A prairie rattlesnake is another symbol of power and rebirth, but it is of the grassland, where my friend, the model for this piece, has her root.
If you happen to know activists, who are fighting for green and/or human rights, please introduce them to me. I would like to go to see what they do, listen to their stories, and photograph them for my series. Thank you.
With this piece squared away, all 8 new sculptures are now ready to take to American Craft Show in St. Paul next month. This is my second year participating in the show. I'm telling myself not to let money matters stress me out. Show business is like a gamble. You cannot always win. I've done my best creating these pieces. Hopefully they will speak to the people for me at the show.
In our last play session, we made simple figurines. Mine became a sad boy clown, which I pronounced "crown." Well, my students will have to adapt to my Asian pronunciation when they take my Intermediate Hand-Building Class. I'll demonstrate how to construct one like this. It is coming up in Aplir (or April).
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.