Thursday, December 29, 2011

Finding Construction: Agreement Between Clay and Artist

To construct is to take space and material and impose form. To construct with clay is to find a moment of agreement with the clay substance. It agrees more or less to stay and you agree to stop forming it. "More or less" because it will shrink, deform, crack, and change in submicroscopic, molecular ways you can't see. The surface is part of the construction and the shape underneath is its base. So the surface represents the shape like electrons bouncing off a gold surface in a vacuum in electron microscopy.

lichen colony
Is the surface something real? Is your construct really yours?

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