Artists’ sculptures pose ecological curiosity | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Our work has led my partner Daniel McCormick and me to Southern Louisiana for an installation, Line of Defense, in the southern coastal bayous of the state.
Working with the local community of oil & gas/fisheries workers the installation aims to reestablish the traditional storm surge barrier created by once thriving bald cypress, the Louisiana State tree.
This work speaks to excess and longing. Past the time when we were galvanized to "beat the recession", past the time when we were divided by "Occupy", stuck in the sameness of strife and waiting, don't we all just want a little indulgence? But there are always cupcakes, rising in defiance of continually failing personal economies as if, for each of us, there is always going to be more.
|From Echoing Visual Voices, Women's Caucus for Art|
I'm living in the urban South this year. Our apartment overlooks a freeway viaduct that also doubles as a homeless encampment. The commute traffic wakes me before dawn each morning, as it does the viaduct dwellers. I often watch them climb out from their camp as I sip my morning coffee in comfort. A disjointed reality and reminder of the bigger picture beyond the studio.
Words have always meant a lot to me. I support my art practice by writing, researching and editing. These days though, words seem to follow me into the studio. Here you see studies for a larger, multi-piece interactive ceramic installation. Rather than indulge the delicate nature of ceramics, I want the viewer to interact with them, and in doing so, manipulate the original context.
My impressions on the national economic crisis continue in "30 Ceramic Sculptors" at the John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA, May 1 -30, 2009.