Here is a piece that will hopefully warm you up from the inside out in this cold cold winter. When I was small, I went to collect fireflies in rice fields. It was something I should have never done as they died quickly outside of their habitat. I recollected such childhood memory while coloring the figures.
Politically, America has been divided, and I wanted to come up with an image that will encourage us to work together despite our differences. This piece is my small contribution toward such ideal coexistence.
I hung this piece on the wall last night, anticipating a crash in the middle of the night. The first thing I did this morning was, of course, checking the sculpture. I was happy to find her still smiling the way I had left her.
This sculpture expresses physical and internal warmth that surrounds me. How fortunate I am to be able to work in a warm studio despite the frigid weather. Moreover, how blessed I feel to have friends, whose encouragement and support keep me going. Hope such warmth reaches you through these Little Buddhas.
Initially I was going to place a log for them to lean against. As it did not work, I am thinking of making a wall out of weathered wood. Or, do you think I can ask the customer to push the piece against a wall when displaying it?
I have been hooked on a PBS documentary Nature. According to a scientist appeared in that program, the gray squirrel's brain enlarges in winter and shrinks back to its original size in spring. The reason is, the scientist speculates, to remember each location of thousands of nuts it has buried in fall. Another nature's wonder....
As I thought this would be a perfect image to send out on Thanksgiving Day, I worked until 1:30 last night to finish this. The result makes me smile. Hope it does to you, too. Happy Thanksgiving!
This is my first attempt incorporating found objects in my sculpture. A piece of aged wood from the Skyline Wilderness seems perfect for this trial. Hopefully colors will work out together through different media.
I think this child's face resembles fukuno-kami (the god of good fortune on the above right). No wonder people are drawn to the smile. I plan to make a silicon mold out of this model. If successful, it will be used to make not only LITTLE BUDDHA, but also mugs and jars.
I read 2 instructional books on silicon mold, but if any of you are experienced with this medium, your advice will be appreciated.
Finally all the LITTLE BUDDHAs are ready to go. I am helping the Dahl curator layout the show next Wednesday. We are thinking of displaying these LITTLE BUDDHAs near the entry and having them welcome all the visitors. The opening reception of the show is scheduled for next Friday, 5-7 pm. Hope to see many of you there.
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.