Confronting my conflict with colour......and diving in!

I learned today that my fear around applying colour to my 3D work, lies in a deep fear that i do not know enough about colour theory and am unable to talk about it in an artistic manner. For me the creation and application of colours is instinctive. I need to ‘feel’ my way through the palette. i have a very small initial idea. I then need to just start, being a journey that invariably ends up in a place i could never have planned at the outset! Thats what happened today and it was wonderful 🙂 I finally broke a ‘spell’ and feel much more confident about completing my ceramic sculptures that have been sat in a bisque state for over a year.

I travelled to the sculpture studio via Imperial Wharf today and so I popped into the Roca Gallery. Very timely as its just a few days before the RCA Glass and Ceramic students show finishes. Here are pictures of the pieces i was drawn to. I am loving the lacquer on stoneware work of Enrique Perezalba Red. In particular the piece titled ‘Nectar’. Here are some collaged images of the work I liked and interior of the gallery:

Nectar by Enrique Perezalba Red.

I felt so priviledged to be given the opportunity to return to Park Walk studio for a few days to do some work. I dived into a bag of clay and worked on a figure basd on some rough sketches I made a month ago (two top images in this photo).

After day 1, i realised that i needed to return to the source and reference back to the female form. I was returning to the studio the following day so had no time to find a model. I decided instead to use myself! Armed with tripod, digital camera and remote i managed to get enough shots to help me with proportion and structure of the form. I still included some distortion and exaggeration from my original sketches to get the feeling of tension and restraint i wanted to convey.
Im quite pleased with the progress i made over the two days this week.

Work from my Summer Show Exhibition in May 2013 can be viewed via this link:
or click the page title above.

Private View Summer Show 2013 front & back

Mid- year show invitation Feb 2013

Invite for my first public show since the early 1980s.

“My work for this exhibition has evolved from a series of drawings and paintings of the female torso. This led me to explore women’s relationships with our own body and how this is affected by personal and public critique. My aim is to provoke thought and question issues related to identity, gender and sexuality – interwoven with my own curiosity, ideas and experiences.”