Saturday, August 13, 2016

Vagina Slipper - left foot

So this week the girls start returning to school with Bella being the first to return. This means I am finally getting back into the studio on more regular bases! I'm also starting another teaching gig in a couple of weeks so I've been experimenting with my schedule so I can manage my time between the three teaching jobs and my studio practice and keeping up with my yoga and meditation. 

This week the big creative adventure was reorganizing the studio so I have a space to also work on my three-dimensional work in this case working with porcelain clay. After getting the space together, I also spent some time looking through CAFE for open calls and found a really interesting one that motivated me to start actively working on my Vagina Slipper concept.


The call is for a group show that includes all media with the one caveat being that the viewers need to be able to touch the artwork as it is for viewers who are visually impaired. This adds another element to the vagina slipper in that it now deals with two kinds of taboos; one relating to touching artwork and the other touching a woman's vagina. In the case of the vagina slippers the viewer will be encouraged and in the process focused to take on both taboos.

Vagina Slipper - left foot

Vagina Slipper - left foot is the first of two slippers. It was interesting to figure out how to construct a shoe and then to combine that with the vagina, which I had learned to make a few weeks back. This pair of slippers is low heel slippers. Once I get these done, I'm going to try my hand at slippers with heels and then possibly a half slipper. These later ideas started forming as I was working on this shoe. I think too I will do some more research on different styles of shoes/slippers and see if other inspirations come  about... I will do this until I've exhausted the concept.

The other thing I realized this morning was for this show I need to figure out how to attach the slippers to a base so that as the viewers are feeling the sculpture they are not going to risk dropping or knocking off a slipper while they explore the sculpture through touch. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Concept Drawings for Sheath (condom) Dress Sculpture

So as I've been working on the cupcake sculptures for my upcoming Objects of Desire exhibition that is coming up this October, other sculpture ideas start creeping into my always-working brain!  These concept drawings are one of those ideas... I've always been interested in fashion (hence my venture into scarf designs for #ShopVida.com), even when I was in graduate school at #MassArt the concept of combining art and fashion was always in the back of my mind. 

The Sheath Dress sculpture is the first experiment into this exploration. Starting this fall I will be collaborating with one of my ceramic classmates who also has a welding studio to build the dress hanger and armature on which I will somehow attach porcelain condoms to create the texture of the dress. Originally I was thinking the whole dress would be made of the porcelain condoms but an alternative to this would be the bodice of the dress is made of porcelain and the lower half would be made of latex. 

The hanger materials that I'm thinking will be steel/steel rope combined with copper and is in the shape of an IUD! I'm not sure what the meaning is behind the dress and hanger but I figure I have time to figure that out. I'm working with my ceramic instructor to figure out how to make the porcelain condoms (which will be a gazillion in the making... and I though making 24 ceramic cupcakes was intense!)





Friday, July 1, 2016

Vagina Slippers (work in progress)

So as I continue to work on my Objects of Desire show, which will be my first venture into three dimensional sculpture and clay, I periodically get new ideas as I'm working with the clay. There have been many... some are still in sketchbook format with the concept and construction still being worked out either in my head or on paper... others have been worked out but the time to create them or it (I'm thinking of one in particular) is not right as I currently don't have a large enough space to build it... 

But last week, I sketched out my Vagina Slipper idea of how I was envisioning it and Wednesday (two days ago) I started working on the Marquette of it. I figure best to first make a Marquette so I can figure out how to construct it. We had a sub for our instructor in my sculpture class and it just so happens she is experienced in making clay vaginas! So after I finished glazing a 1/2 dozen cupcakes, I began making a porcelain vagina! Of course in theory a Marquette is suppose to be small but mine seems to be a little on the big size. But I figure I'm still ok because in addition to figuring out how to construct the slipper out of porcelain and make the vagina beautiful I also need to understand how much this particular type of clay will shrink! 

I've also got an idea for the glaze but I'm going to do some testing first via making some small porcelain wine cups! I'm in no particular hurry to complete my newest sculpture because I've no place to show it (yet) so this gives me the luxury of time so I can really delve into the creative process of working with porcelain, something I hope to do more of as I complete my pieces for the Objects of Desire exhibition that will show at Core in October of 2016.


For now, here are a few images of the work in progress!



Blue Sky and Thunder Scarf up close and personal

So I ordered one of my own scarves to see what one would look like and I must say I'm pretty happy with the results! What I've found the most interesting is that the colors within the scarf appear to change depending on the lighting. In brighter light the darks (which in the painting are black) appear more purple of dark violet, but in softer light the same color leans toward a more chocolate brown.  The blue is more apparent in the softer light as well. And there are some hints of olive green throughout which I find really interesting because there is no green in the painting of which this design was taken from. At first I thought perhaps it was because I mix my own blacks but then I remembered with my abstract paintings I have been using pure black from the tube!

In any case, it is a beautiful scarf and I hope you enjoy the modeling show~






Friday, June 10, 2016

Hugs


As I continue to work on my ceramics for my show in October at Core New Art Space, I started to also play around with the idea of including 2D work in the show which as of right now is predominately made up of small sculptures. This drawing which I'm calling Hugs is a work I just finished last night (or at least I think it is finished... it needs to sit a while before I decide for sure.) Accompanying this drawing will be a companion piece I will call Kisses. The intent for both is to focus on the geometric shapes of actual objects that are one thing but if abstracted both visually and or conceptually then take on a different meaning. Both play on words, which are also what, the sculptures do.... 


Not sure if I want to include it or not, guess I will just wait and see. I wonder, how many works of art artists make that never actually make it out of the studio?