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Daily Archives: February 17, 2011

christina bothwell explores below the surface

Christina Bothwell successfully uses a variety of materials to convey the narrative of her sculptures, but it is the cast glass elements that pull me in and leave me wanting to know more of the story.

cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paints, wood
24″ x 15″ x 11″

cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paints, wood
60″ x 33″ x 21″

What lies below the surface fascinates me and I try to capture the qualities of the “unseen” that express the sense of wonder that I feel in my daily existence. Christina Bothwell

Although Bothwell’s sculpture might be categorized by some as dark or somber, I see it as work that redefines beauty and perfection. Her figures feel familiar to me, maybe because the underbelly she shares is a place I know well and don’t fear. Bothwell is drawn to the cycle of birth, death and renewal. She asks us to go deeper, to go under the surface in our interactions, relationships and connections. Underneath the neat and tidy surface, where fears, flaws, decline and decay reside – this is often where you find the real treasure if you are brave enough to navigate the territory.

Past Lives
cast aluminum, ceramics, oil paints, window glass
34″ x 20″ x 12″

I am attracted to glass because it can do everything that other sculptural media can; in addition, it offers an inner space and transmits light. Christina Bothwell

Everything Hidden is Revealed
cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paints, wood
47 x 18 x 10

cast glass, raku fired clay, oil paints
44″ x 17″ x 13″

I think of these pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves. Christina Bothwell

Bonus Post & Weekend Recycled Glass Class

There is still room in the recycled glass class this weekend at Washington Glass Studio led by renowned Eco Artist Erwin Timmers – I’ll be there for some of it – will you?

Erwin Timmers, What We Leave Behind

Check back over the weekend – I’m also working on several slide shows of images from the apprenticeship project and I will post at least one on Saturday or Sunday.

patricia von musulin: big is beautiful

Chunks of wood adorned with hundreds of sterling silver dots mark one of Patricia von Musulin’s collections.

Gazing at these images I see sculpture – silver dancing on wood, sharp edges mixing with soft curves. One of these would make a bold statement in a room, yes? Hmmmm. . .more like a bold statement on your body. This sculptural collection is jewelry. Big IS beautiful.

Take a look at von Musulin’s swirling Lucite jewelry. She is clearly not afraid to be seen or heard – something to think about.

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