Since this is my first blog post (yay!!!), I’ll introduce myself by talking about my latest series of work. I started these figures about 6 months ago, at a time when I was questioning my abilities as an artist. I was in one of those periods fraught with self-doubt (this is difficult to admit so publicly) when I started asking myself “What am I doing? Does it really matter? Does it make a difference to anyone? Should I just go out and get a 9-5 job?” But when I really answered these questions truthfully from deep inside my heart, here’s what I found – that I’m doing something that I love, that it matters to me and makes a difference in my life to be doing something that I feel so passionate and joyful about and no, I already have a job. Maybe it doesn’t pay a ton of money, but it’s fulfilling, creative and meaningful work for me.
So then I began to wonder what my life would be like if I couldn’t work in clay, if I had some physical obstacle that could prevent me from doing something so vital to my life. For instance, what if I couldn’t see – could I still sculpt? So I decided to try….. I allowed myself only 3 tools, closed my eyes and pulled a lump of clay out of my bag. I formed the shape of the face, eyes, nose and mouth completely blind. Then I opened my eyes and finished the rest of the piece. I love that the figure emerges from that initial gesture of the face – and that it comes from a place far beyond my conscious, controlling mind. There is a feeling for me of innocence, of self acceptance and an energy of life in the expressions of each little being.
This piece is called “Starry Starry Eyes”. It reminds me of this poem:
so that your Heart
So God will think,
I got kin in that body!
I should start inviting that soul over for coffee and roles.”
Because that is the food
Our starving world needs
Because that is the purest