Enigmatic Presence Collection

Blooming of the Feminine Consciousness 
Year: 2012
DIM: 29"h x 21"w x 14.5"d
Materials: Clay fired at mid-range stoneware temperatures, Glazes, Underglazes, Pigment, Steel (Base)
 
 
I draw my inspiration for color and texture from the Asian sacred art for this collection. I am fascinated by those ancient surfaces, which has been affected by time. For example, the Indian Hindu stone temple inspired the surface of my "Embodiment of the Lotus Flower" series. The "Blooming of the Feminine Consciousness" was influenced by the darkened, color-faded appearance of the 12th Century Japanese wooden Buddhist statue. 
I associate these old, weathered colors with "Wabi-sabi", a Japanese aesthetic that is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect or incomplete. In this body of work, I created this Wabi-sabi color by using matte glazes together with underglazes and pigments; the application of brush stokes and the small changes in the thickness of the materials determined the effect. 
However, I explored using untraditional materials (Textured Acrylic Paints) on "Lost Memory in the Dune", "Metamorphosis", and "Nocturnal Being". My goal for those pieces was for them to have two opposite characteristics: the rough surfaces like the ancient stone sculptures vs. neutral colors that look clean and modern.