Blue Polka-Dot Dress | Mixed Media (2D)

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Medium:Clay, Glass
Dimensions:11.5"  x 19.5"  x 1.5"
Weight:4 lbs 1 oz
Delivery Format:2D Artwork
Additional Description:I think in terms of some linear narrative, but non-verbal. I was driving in some of the old neighborhoods in Detroit and drove by my grandparents home, which my grandfather built. It was abandoned and I walked around the property picking up a few relics. Thinking about it later I wanted to incorporate an old memory into this work, and what came to mind was my grandmother's Sunday dress. In a profoundly simple and essential way this was enough for her.
I like the idea of a multimedia approach and use different materials to get at the subtlety and complexity of memories and emotions. This piece evokes a clear memory of my grandmother that includes shards and proof of her existence.
Artist StatementMy background is varied by design, which explains somewhat my varied use of materials and themes. I have degrees in both science and fine art and I have worked in both fields. Recently I have retired from over 30 years working in Emergency Medicine as a PA. My immediate plans are to put in more hours at my studio and, as the coach of the Fourth Grade Girls Volleyball team, to win a few games. I do find the latter much tougher than the former.
Artist BiographyI have been working in the medium of ceramics for over 40 years. Most of my exhibitions and sales have been at Art Fairs and Festivals. During this time I've received many rewards and honors. My latest was First in Show at the 2017 Saugatuck Invitational Art Fair.
I have been involved in a few galleries, the last being "The Clay Gallery" in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Michigan State University|Graduated
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor|Graduated
Eastern Michigan University|Graduated
Western Michigan University|Graduated
What I Love Doing
Lately, I've been spending my time gardening, mountain biking, playing squash when I can and reading. My latest "The Coldest Winter," David Halberstam. I am attracted to conflicts and in this case just survival in the most hostile situation imaginable.
What I Find Beautiful
Many things and situations, but the perfection of a right fielder throwing out a runner advancing to third base, is right up there at the top for me.
My Favorite Memory
My favorite memory today would go back to my years of playing baseball. I played on a very competitive team that was involved in an important game. My skills at that time were something less than mediocre and so I was regulated to playing right field. Then the week before the game, I was prescribed my first pair of glasses, as that turned out to be one of the causes of my mediocrity. So in the course of the game, I somehow caught a game saving drive, and I gained 8 very impressed new friends.
My Favorite Art Style
Abstract Expressionism is first, as in a certain unfinished crudeness can be very emotionally expressive. Dadaism combined with Existential themes also pulls me into a more everyday reality of experience. The spirituality that is contained in early Iconographic images. I do not affiliate with any religion, but the sort of beat-up quality of these reverential images strikes me profoundly. Then the unexpected kiln results that become perfect when completed by a master Japnese potter like Hamada.
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Subject Matter People
Personality Type No
Recipient No
Artwork Medium Clay, Glass
Creative Style Expressionism, Narrative
Collections No
Artwork Underlying Themes Life - circle of life, Tradition