This past year has been the most influential year for my art. I’ve made huge leaps understanding myself and because of that I have a better grasp of my work both conceptually and technically. While at ASU I have been working with various facial expressions and interpretations of a smile, creating variations on the form.
While studying ceramics abroad in Jingdezhen, China, I sculpted the expression of a smile and used an array of surface techniques to represent the different emotions behind each one. My work focused on emotional competence: having the ability to recognize, interpret and respond to emotions in others and oneself. Since my return, I’ve expanded on these themes. My work is greatly influenced by human psychology and my own personal development. Truly knowing ourselves and why we do the things we do by acknowledging that each and every one of us sees the world differently. I’m looking for some insight into what motivates our behaviors. With all of that in mind, I’ve been able to create these works utilizing body language, color, texture, and facial expression. The clay process allows me to reflect on these ideas, myself, and what’s going on in my life. It allows me to feel calm and focused. These works are about embracing the present, and being aware of oneself.
I’ve been using a press mold technique I learned while studying abroad in Jingdezhen, China. This technique allows me to create multiples and alter them when they come out of the press mold. The larger figures and busts were coil built; a process that I favor over most because it allows me to thoroughly explore sculpting the human form. I am constantly striving for an understanding.
I believe this idea that recognizing emotions and thoughts, whether they are positive or negative, one at a time or all at once, will eventually lead to those moments of clarity and ease.