The project was to create depth using a pattern. I drew inspiration from the de stijl movement once again. The first layer only contained four squares and it was my least saturated layer. The second layer had eight squares and had a little more saturation. The top layer had sixteen squares and features the most saturated colors. This was featured in the Annual Juried Art Show at the Foster Art Gallery.
We had to recreate the shape of a vessel from the past and then do something to the surface of it to make it unique to us. I based my shape on the Greek's oinochoe. I carved a stylized hillside of southwest Wisconsin into mine. The blue for my sky didn't show up and ended up looking more like the maroon of the rest of the vessel.
We were asked to make a shrine to something. I chose my favorite architect Gerrit Rietveld. I have drawn a lot of influence in my works from Rietveld and the de stijl movement. I like the strict geometric shapes and the planes that don't quite match up in the architecture of his Schroder House.
Most of my ceramic work is poorly documented so you'll have to make do with the few pictures I have of it.
This was a piece that I was fortunate enough to have selected to be displayed in the Annual Juried Art Show at the Foster Art Gallery. I was inspired by the work of Joseph Kosuth. Kosuth sought to find the boundaries of what exactly was or wasn't art. He, like Duchamp, found that a simple declaration of "this is art" was oftentimes enough for the public. While at the university, I began to grow tired of being asked "what does your work mean or signify?" I don't believe that every work of art needs to have a purpose. With this work, I removed the viewer's ability to interpret or perceive the work of art the way that they wanted to. They are forced into reading what the work depicts with no room for misinterpretation.
Exploration of density, space, and membrane. The forms are made from birch dowels tied together by wire. They are then covered with tracing paper by the use of acrylic glue.
Our project was to create a lino-cut based upon a poem of our choosing. Invictus by William Ernest Henley has always been one of my favorites.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.