|Me - sculpting the clay|
Thus began a series of clay sculptures I have titled “Paradise Lost”. I created these pieces primarily as an expression of my own personal journey of faith and spirituality but also to attract attention to delve beyond the singular, to push the viewer to experience their own spiritual moment, whatever his/her religious conviction. Much like Paul Thek, I wanted to communicate and interweave my thoughts, ideas and experiences both on a personal level and one that explores a wider range of concern for and with the world around me.The piece I titled, "The Temptation of Eve" for example, is a metaphor of my own struggle with intense sensual passion but it also examines social concerns of greed and technology that destroy the human spirit.
I intend of firing and later staining my piece "Modern Eve" with an evergreen color then mounting her to the press board which will serve as a backdrop. Around the press board I intend to stretch a canvas which I will paint in a define abstract style of drip painting. To complete the piece I will need to create an iron welded stand that will erect the sculpture facing upwards.
For my piece "The Temptation of Eve" I will to slow fire the clay, then raku, and mount on a welded stand. Both sculptures will receive a counter part of Adams in like.
|"The Temptation of Eve" - unfired clay sculpture, 24" tall - "Paradise Lost" series|
|Paul Thek working on “The Tomb” in his studio, circa 1966|