I often think about how difficult it is to nurture human relations. However, having a few true connections is vital for our well-being. Interdependence, a presence of support in the "waves" of hardship, is expressed in this sculpture. The wavy bases are leaning on each other, and so are the figures. The void in the middle of the waves can represent a part of the life process or how one sometimes feels. Regardless of the situation, the companion will be there for the other. The connection is the most precious gift in life.
Yesterday, I reflected upon my career as a professional artist. It has been 11 years since I taught myself how to sculpt from a magazine article. I have come a long way. However, browsing through a fellow show participant Kristine Poole's website, I realized how far I still had to go. This morning, the pressure was still heavy in my heart. I have been telling myself, "Don't compare yourself to others but try to be as best as you can. That is enough," but it is not easy. The Little Buddhas posted below are telling me the same thing, "Accept who you are and what you have achieved no matter how unacceptable you and your achievements may be."
Seven new sculptures from my Little Buddha series are coming with me to the Sculpture in the Park Show (click on the underlined part for more show information). This piece is the cutest. I was afraid the scarlet color would ruin it, but it added a charm to it. I'm smiling.
By the way, this piece was built during my public demonstration at the Suzie Cappa Art Center. I'm doing it again in October, and I will feel honored if you stop by. More info will be posted later. Stay tuned.
This is the first "look inside" jar I made. It portrays a person who may show a lack of courage or confidence, but perseverance resides inside.
When I was seeking an idea for my students with intellectual disability to express who they are, my friend suggested a project to make a jar with the outside representing how they look; and the inside, how they feel. I decided to expand the idea while experimenting with saggar firings (with combustible materials). Three "look inside" jars will be exhibited at the upcoming Sculpture in the Park Show. I look forward to seeing people's reactions.
Here is a preview of one of my pieces that will be taken to the Sculpture in the Park Show next week. Potters often seek surprises when they open the kilns. As I am a sculptor, predictable results are preferred. After spending days on a piece, I do not want to ruin it with an experiment. However, the exterior of this jar was a total surprise. Iron, copper, and pine ash worked with sawdust, straw, and charcoal briskets, creating dramatic effects. I am overjoyed.
Please share with me the messages you receive from this conceptual art.
The Sculpture in the Park Show will be held in Loveland, CO on August 12 and 13. Contact me if you want the complimentary tickets.
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