This week our class visited the Try-Me gallery and saw a variety of extremely impressive two and three dimensional work. One of the sculpture pieces that really impressed and inspired me (below right) was what appears to be a ceramic dress suspended in what is almost a matrix of thread. This sculpture really resonated with me, and because of my frustrations with the material that had caused me to be pretty much unable to realize my vision, I decided that I should take my inspiration from that piece and embark in a different direction. I still really wanted to focus on the interplay of nature and industry or the modern world, but I wanted to reverse the situation - so the man-made material (the wire) was no longer inside the element of the natural world and holding it together, but was instead outside the natural element and essentially holding up. With this in mind, I decided I wanted to create a frame, almost like the stretcher of a canvas, and in the middle of the frame create a miniature tree that would be suspended by radiating wires that were tied and stretched to eyehooks screwed into the inside of the frame. So this week I began constructing the ceramic tree out of stoneware. The tree will be made in segments in order to retain structural integrity, and then will be assembled either right before or after firing.
I'm very excited for this new approach and I think it holds real promise and possibility.