Every artist has their own system of working, their own rules that they follow. Some are conscious, others are unconscious. These systems and rules embody experience, skill level, interests, tastes, inspirations, aptitude and method, to name a few. This is what I have been calling the artist’s archetype, and it is as unique as a fingerprint. The artist’s archetype is never static, it is always in flux, moving from one pole to the other, following it’s own logic together with the artist’s instinct. This process is what fascinates me about art. Every piece is the evolution of an idea.
As a devoted reader, I am consistently in awe of the power of language to cultivate imagination and advance understanding. It is often through stories that knowledge is acquired intuitively, made one’s own - versus that of reading a list of facts. It is by intuitive response to my work, that I find satisfaction and authenticity. Though language has its limits when imparting information or experience, it has had an enormous impact on the work I make, because it is a way to explore alternative realities otherwise not physically observable. It is often from fantasized worlds I imagine my work being from, or a part of. I believe that imagined realities can be as impactful as the experience physical reality offers, or at least strong enough to impart an equal measure of inspiration.
Surface is as important and relevant to my work as is the form. They act in service of one another. The transparent glazes I use highlight shallow relief decoration and sculpted elements. I often paint scenes from natural or constructed environments that have inspired me in some unobtrusive and quiet way. Considering myself objectively familiar with ceramic surfacing materials, like glazes and underglazes, there is an element of the unknown that the firing process brings to the imagery. This, in a way, challenges my attempts at control over the materials. I expect that and am intrigued by the results when I subject laborious and meticulous underglaze paintings to a white hot furnace.