So I made the resolution and already people are going to hold me to it. Damn it why did I post about it on the internet....okay here's some initial pics of some playing around in the studio. I've come to a few realizations this week. First, that when I was a grad student and developed this work:
My approach was to start with an idea, a concept and then find the voice through form and aesthetic to communicate that underlying structure of the work. It was grad school, you had to justify everything (and with good reason), but does that float in the "real world"?
So i'm at a point in my career where I have to accept that money pays the bills and conceptual baggage attached to work doesn't pull on the heartstrings or pocket book of the consumer that will allow me to eat. Does that mean I've lost all my idealism about art and it's values and my role as an artist to engage all of the senses, and most importantly engage the mind? Does the almighty dollar mean that i bow to the masses and create a version of what sells the best on etsy?
Sigh...i don't want to go there. But I also realize that there is a difference between making art that is marketable and art that you could care less if it is marketable. There has to be a grey area that incorporates the two. no?
So I find myself working on creating some pieces that I feel (hope) will be more marketable, but then I feel like I've lost my distinct voice that I worked so hard to achieve through my grad project. I tried so hard to develop a form that wasn't seen here and there and everywhere. But maybe i kid myself in thinking that the work was that unique. I've never been one to believe in original thought, only watered down and altered versions of what already exists....anyhow, this has led me to decide to continue down a path i began last year with these forms:
which in essence were a more sculptural approach, yet still a derivative of the more functional porcelain work of earlier. So we'll see where that goes. There is a very large version sitting drying right now in the studio which i'll try to show you in the next few days.
In the meantime below are some attempts at something else in the functional vein. I've long avoided any surface imagery as I'm a poor illustrator and I'm trying to avoid using decals (not that I don't love them, just don't want to go there yet.) But after recent chats with a local potter and good friend of mine whose work has color and imagery on it, i've come to realize that imagery is a way in for an audience. They can easily relate and they are more often compelled by a single object out of the collection of your work that speaks to their own personal narrative. Is it manipulative for me to think of this and to try to take advantage through incorporating some imagery into my work? hmmm. Anyway I've got some pencils sharpened and some tracing paper at hand to work and rework ideas so we'll see where that goes as well. The following are more for glaze tests so be kind, they are a world apart from my other work i know; but thoughts and criticism is always appreciated.