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Vessels and Dividers : Series I
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My proposal is to create a series of cast ceramic vessels using pigmented porcelain slip. These multi-purpose containers will vary in size, ranging from 15 cm and up to approximately 90 cm in height, and up to 30 cm in diameter.
The aesthetic of the vessels will echo my current body of porcelalin sculputral work. The walls of the vessels will be thinly casted and the body of the vessel will be monocrhomatic and ombre colored, graduating from light to dark. Some will also have gold leaf or glaze accents. For each vessel, each layer of color will be casted separately. Each section will then be attached by hand. The overall appearance of these vessels will be ethreal, light, yet at the same time, physically, a little rough around the edges. I am also interested in repetition and the slight variations in color and form with each individual form within a cohesive group.
For the past few years, wall sculpture and the relationship between two and 3 dimensional work dominated my attention. This is my return to object-oriented work, and specifically vessels. Also, I work exculsively with my hands and this will be an opporutnity where I will explore casting in my work. As you see from the images attached and on my website, the palette of my work ranged from whites to grays and dark blues, with occasional foray into reds and oranges. This palette was inspired by the wide California sky, viewed from my 3rd story studio on the bay. This residency will also be an opportunity to explore new colors, pastel pigments of pinks, yellows, greens, and blues inspired by the desert and other dramatic landscapes in California and my travels this year.
As a supplemental project, I am also proposing to develop a small edition of room dividers/curtains sewn from strips of hand-dyed silk. Each pair of curtains will be approximately 90 cm in width x 150 cm length. The strips will be sewn onto light cotton/linen panels. Similar to the main proposal, the aesthetic and form echo my porcelain work, specifically, Frayed Series. Again, the palette will be pastel ombre, graduating from light to dark. The idea is inspired by Japanese cloth curtains that hang from door frames, dividing the private from public spaces.
For both the vessels series and the edition of curtains, I am interested in the seen versus unseen/private versus public/hidden and exposed. The proposed projects taken together is also a starting point for the development of a series of objects for the home that incorporate both a medium I am familiar with and an exploration in textiles.
Thank you for your consideration.