Grease was the first play that I saw on Broadway and as kids we were obsessed with the movie. That is why I chose to make my first official GIF from Grease. I was so excited that it worked and I had fun creating it. Technology is not my strong suit so I was suprised by how simple it was.I will definitely play around with this more.
For this project I continued with the theme of nurturing. Again, I wanted to emphasize the encircling arms. Recently I have found inspiration in the sculptures of Henri Moore. His monolithic beings exude a feeling of a warmth and protection.
I began this project by building an armature of wire and newspaper. I then rolled out several slabs of clay and began to form them into abstracted shapes as I began to work I quickly realized that the wire I was using wasn’t strong enough to support the clay slabs. I attempted to support the work with other objects. After several hours and a short car ride the clay succumbed to the power of gravity and collapsed. I had to start from scratch with a much smaller amount of clay. The second attempt began as a relief and, under the suggestion of Ryan Seslow, became more dimensional as I worked. Once again the outcome was not what I was aiming for but I was happy with the resulting abstracted forms. In order to capture the feeling of warmth and nurturing, I chose to glaze the piece in warm oribe green and blue with subtle hints of nutmeg. In the end I was excited by the result and want to pursue this theme further.
Recently I have been contemplating the protective, nurturing relationship between mother and child. It is something that has consumed my life especially as my children are becoming adults, leaving home, and setting out on their own paths.
I began by drawing figures bent toward and leaning into each other. I chose to draw abstracted rather than realistic figures and wanted to draw emphasis to the encircling arms. Once I was comfortable with the concept, I created a collagraph. I love the intense tonality that can be achieved with a collagraph. To create the plate I coated a piece of matboard with acrylic gel medium on both sides. Once that dried I drew the base image with charcoal and began to add areas of texture with sand, carborundum grit and textured mulberry paper. I created line with thin thread and finally coated the entire plate with gloss medium. From this plate I was able to create several prints in varying colors. Although I wasn’t satisfied with the end result I enjoyed each step of the process and learned some valuable technical lessons.