am in constant search for new modes of artistic expression, both in style and
media. Currently, I am working with clay in a new series of sculptures. My
interest in ceramics developed in 1992 when I witnessed a group of ceramicists
working with clay in a studio outside of Trinidad, Cuba. I was not only amazed
by the gigantic size of the pots, which were thrown on kick wheels, but also
by their mysterious hollowness.
intention in the work represented here is to capture the essence of religions
that deal with the worship of idols. Each sculpture takes the form of a cone,
a religious icon often found in West African cultures, and later imported to
the Americas. These forms present a rounded surface where I engrave lines and
signs, a common element in my two-dimensional work. I also incorporate small
openings on the surface that, like windows, let the confined inner space
communicate with the outside world. I utilize this imagery to challenge the
viewer’s perception of space and three-dimensionality.
the work is made of earthenware clay, which has a high iron content. I use a
unique slab hand building technique. The surface is low fire under-glazed and
glazed. I incorporate inlaid slip, and scrafitto, slip scratched
through to the clay surface. The pieces are fired in an electric kiln to about
cone 04, 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.