Thursday, June 12, 2008

Darla Jackson Sculpture 2.0

Alot of crazy things have been going on in my life recently... the craziest of which was me getting married. It was a wonderful amazing wedding and I loved every minute of it...but along with wedding planning and Martha Stewart wedding magazines come the phenomenon that fills your brain with the cotton fluff of the wedding industry. It was like the wedding took over my life and I couldn't think of or talk about anything else. I knew it was a problem when I realized I hadn't thought about making any new work in months and I was annoyed at the fact I had a solo show coming up...ANNOYED! That's ridiculous! All I've wanted for the past few years was a solo show and I get one and am bothered by the fact that it takes time away from figuring out centerpieces?! What bullshit! And I wasn't even one of those crazy brides either...well no more crazy than I normally am... Anyway, when it was over Justin and I were both happy to be back to "normal" and not have to think about weddings anymore. It's been a few weeks getting back into the swing of things but we've both been at the studio almost every day of June so far, working on the giant Victorian boot commission I got (The other crazy thing...More on that later). Anyway, today I watched a Ron Mueck You-tube video which I feel like really kicked my ass back into high gear. His work is amazing because he manages to tap directly into the viewers emotions with his work, something I strive to do myself....He just does it so damn well. And on top of that, his craftsmanship is impeccable...I mean to see one of these things up close and find no seam lines, and instead to see goosebumps and veins?! I mean come on! I would jump at a chance to work for this guy...And if he wasn't already cool enough, he did the voice for Ludo in Labyrinth. Awesomest guy ever...


Pregnant Woman, 2002.

© Ron Mueck.

Some other artists whose work I am looking at right now are:

Tricia Cline -

I saw Cline's work randomly on the NYFA website one day and LOVED it. She's a self taught ceramicist whose attention to detail is amazing.


The Hum of the Nataraja, 2007.

© Tricia Cline

Rosy Lamb -

Lamb shows at the gallery in Stockton, NJ that I also have some work in and I just like her style. Nothing seems too precious yet everything is full of life.

Within Eden

Within Eden, 2008.

© Rosy Lamb

Kiki Smith

She just always has something I can look at...


Born, 2002.

© Kiki Smith

Beth Cavener Stichter -

I saw her work at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and have loved it ever since. She uses animals as her subjects and can really express human emotion with them, which is something I strive to do with my work.


Olympia, 2006.

© Beth Cavener Stichter

Well I'm hoping that looking at all this great art all day will help continue to inspire me until I get in the studio and can put the inspiration to good use...!

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