at·ti·tude \ˈa-tə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\, noun
1. the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure 2. a position assumed for a specific purpose 3. a mental position with regard to a fact or state*
Working in clay is my way of making beauty out of the joys and sorrows of my life. I’m driven to capture the expression of relaxation or tension found in the human body, and combine it with the shapes of plantlife. I think of the end results as biomorphic forms, all parts having flowing lines.
The works in this Attitude Series are inclined to take a pose or posture: sometimes strutting, sometimes at the edge of imbalance. They may each be a version of me, negotiating my world.
This series was first inspired by my frustration with the traditional rectangular pedestal on which most sculpture is displayed. In the late 1990’s I decided to play with the shape of a traditional candlestick holder as an elegant base and experiment with “flying” forms that could emerge from the top of this tall perch: pedestal and sculpture thus becoming one. Shortly after embarking on this work, events in my life took an unexpected turn and my Attitude Sculptures became both a refuge from and a response to the illness and death of my then life partner. I never could bring myself to glaze the 30-some sculptures I created at that time, and now, 20 years later, I finally give myself permission to never glaze them.
As I revisit this series I am caring for my elderly mother and everything from legacy to the breakdown of the body is on my mind. Bones are showing up everywhere in my work. My ideal is to say more with less, to pare a form down to its essence and to impart a sense of movement within the stillness of my sculpture.
In the end though, the curve rules all and clay loves to take a curve like nothing else.
*Definition of the word “Attitude”, source: Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary