Some of you may remember that I asked for your input regarding what the little buddhas should lean against. You suggested something soft and comfy. In order to give that illusion, I covered the clay surface with dried tea leaves and lichen called old man's beard. The sculpture makes me think of spring. Stay warm, everyone!
This is my first prototype of a "Fukunokami" jar. I used a silicon mold to make the bottom jar, and the lid was hand-built. I want to play around with this idea and at the same time practice giving aged or dug-up look to the piece. Please look forward to it.
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.
My first attempt to combine a painting with a sculpture is making progress. Her hands will hold an image of water, which I intend to make out of transparent hot glue or epoxy. She is certainly not a model beauty, but she has a healthy body and hopefully you see her inner fullfilment.
No, I am not giving up ceramic sculpting, but this is my first attempt to combine a painting with a sculpture. When the entire piece is completed, the elongated painting (left) will be diaplayed like the maquette (right lower corner). Definitely the influence of 3-D work is visible here, and I am happy with the texture (enlarged images).
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.
Thanks for your advices. I made a mound on which dry grasses, flowers, and twigs will be glued. The customer can push the mound against a wall if he/she chooses to. Hope they look more comfy now.
Yesterday I collected some old man's beard for this project. I'm going to pick sage, pearly everlasting, and dog wood twigs in spring. Do you know any other native plants whose colors will not fade away when dried?
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?
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.