Thank you Claudia and Lynnette. Taking your advice, I have decided to leave the original concept of this sculpture the way it is. While re-attaching her to the paper crane hanger, I changed the title from SKY to LITTLE MESSENGER OF PEACE. She flies with my humble wishes to spread joy and peace in this world.
This was made during my last sculpting class, while demonstrating slab-building techniques, incorporating wires (buttons) and paper towels (skirt) in the figure. She initially held an abstract wire sculpture in her hand, but it was stuck to a container in the kiln. Its replacement was a spiral shell. It in turn decided her colors and the title MESSAGE FROM THE SEA.
This girl was sculpted 5 years ago when I was a novice sculptor. I was then scared to fire it above cone 05 (about 1900˚F). I now know it can be fired about 200˚F higher to make it more durable without loosing its integrity. While preparing her for re-firing, I thought I could put her on a toy horse rather than hanging her under paper cranes. What do you think?
During the summer, I was engaged in home improvement and gardening. Finally last month, I returned to creative work. You might remember I sculpted one similar to this at the beginning of this year. This time textures were added to the surface, and it will be hung on the wall in front of a painting. It will be interesting to incorporate different media into my ceramic work. Please look forward to it.
The bust of my mother is also completed. I chickened out from emailing her a photo of this sculpture at the greenware stage, as I did not think she would appreciate herself portrayed with wrinkles and misfit dentures. With colors added, this piece resembles to her now. Her delightfulness is well captured. I am going to send this photo to her.
My friend named this sculpture "Being." She is "being" peaceful, centered, and authentic. This expresses the state of being that I wish to have. The representation of water is now lifted up slightly, giving the sculpture an impression of floating.
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!
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.