These vessels are a departure for me, my first sculptural work. Yet they are also an outgrowth of my earlier paintings and drawings into a new form.
I have always relished the exploration of translucency and the layering of textures, and the ways these vessels hold and spill light and shadow takes this even further for me.
I construct them by molding fragments of drawings together using a mixture of thin tissue paper, medium, ink and pigment (a type of papier-maché technique).
Organic forms have always inspired me, especially trees, and here I have incorporated fragments of trees as well as my tree-based drawings.
Another organic form, another permeable container.
The notion of a vessel involves containing, a boundary between “inside” and “outside”.
The inclusions – grapevine roots, manzanita branches- challenge this boundary by being both inside and outside.
In each of the “Branch” vessels, there is a drawing loosely based on a hand that holds the bowl: the hand is transforming into tree branches and leaves.
In some, veins of wire have been embedded between the paper layers: these evoke both the veins of a leaf and the veins of the hand.
The words “vessel” and “departure” also imply a journey. These new forms are taking me on a creative journey, as I currently work to make them ever larger and more intricate in my studio practice.