You might have noticed in the previous series one small sculpture that was different than the others in that the clay was actually shaped into recognizable forms, specifically a fish in a boat. “Toy Boat” opened my eyes to something new and old at the same time. I had never made anything as figurative with clay, let alone any other materials associated with sculpture, even though I was quite the little illustrator in my youth. I also had found that I liked the tactile, even sensual nature of wet clay. Add a spoonful of life’s dilemmas, and you have a sort of therapeutic release in form.
I have edited down the number of pieces I am presenting here. Many, I did a crappy job of documenting, and I fear others might be misconstrued as a little too kinky. Indeed, after an exhibition of some of these pieces, a relative of mine who had attended the show with children in tow called to tell me how upset she had been after seeing the work and, of course, exposing her young ones to
Dirty Little Business
Indeed, there is sexual content, for which I am unapologetic, and, as I pointed out to my kin, so it is with a good majority of art throughout history, religious or secular, allegorical or otherwise. I see these pieces in that tradition, even though I was also tapping into something fairly primal.
Coming to Terms
Just to Say You Have One
Are You Serious?
The inclusion of found materials also has a rich history in art, especially in the 20th Century, from Duchamp and the Dada movement on. And I had always been a collector of junk for my sculpture, from rusted metal to burned timbers to used clothing to toys. They were, after all, free for the taking, and readily available in the alleyways of Chicago. As you will see in the next installment, there were many pieces I made that needed no accoutrements, yet my “bag of tricks” was always nearby.