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jason walker explores our perception of nature

Last week ended on an icy cold note for me when the heat failed in my little room over the ocean.  Five layers of clothing, an electric heating pad and lots of jumping around kept me going until it was restored late Friday night.  It’s a new week, I’m toasty warm and I have so much to share with you – beginning with Jason Walker’s ceramic sculptures.

Through these narrative sculptures Walker explores our culture’s ideas about nature and how technology has changed our perception of nature. The unique way he combines mastery over materials, detailed imagery and a jarring perspective results in a thought provoking body of work.

Stacking A Skyline, ceramic

Stacking A Skyline, back

“According to Webster’s dictionary, nature is something in its essential form untouched and untainted by human hand. So here lies the crux of my quest. At the very heart of our own description of nature we exclude ourselves from it. Does this mean I am not natural? Although this argument may seem purely semantic it is not. The way in which we perceive nature inadvertently describes the way in which we perceive ourselves. Ultimately, my quest is a journey to define for myself what it means to be human in the present time.” Jason Walker


“Light bulbs, plugs, power-lines and pipes that grow from the earth are common images found in my work, juxtaposed with birds, insects, and organic matter such as leaves and trees. Similar to the thinking of the Hudson River School of painting, I attempt to portray nature’s vastness and humankind as a small proponent of it. Yet I draw the small things of nature large and the huge creations of man small. I want to show how we influence the landscape, or nature. My ideas stem from my own experiences bicycle touring, backpacking and the daily hikes I take with my dog.” Jason Walker

Desert Frog, ceramic

Jason Walker

More images at Ferrin Gallery

dryden wells’ ceramic multiples imply movement

I continue to be drawn to sculpture, wall art, tiles and jewelry made with multiples.  There is something about a repetitive form that feels familiar, soothing – almost meditative.

 

Movement Stack 1, earthenware, slipcast, 5″ x  7″ x  5″

Dryden Wells, who holds a BFA in ceramics and an MFA in ceramics and sculpture, uses multiples and fragments “to create objects that imply movement or the evidence of it.” Organic. Interesting. Cohesive.

Read about his time living and working in China here.

Movement Stack 3, earthenware, slipcast, 15″ x  6″ x 8

Movement Stack 8, earthenware, slipcast,  5″ x  11″ x 8″

avital sheffer’s ancient texts on contemporary forms

Award winning ceramic artist Avital Sheffer’s deep exploration of her Middle Eastern and Jewish heritage is a rich resource for her work. Born in Israel but now based in Australia, Sheffer brings us the “languages and wisdom of that part of the world and that way of being in the world.” The voluptuous ceramic forms, with text from ancient documents printed on their surface, appear to hold the secrets of primeval cultures.

 

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Meshalim I

 

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Piryon I & II

 

I am interested in the frayed edges of mythologies and language, where dialogue and cross-fertilization between cultures takes place. Personal experiences of conflict, migration, dislocation and renewal intersect with the dilemmas between traditions and modernity. Avital Sheffer

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Atarah IV

 

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Adamah III

 

The act of making is a constant negotiation between creating a new entity and uncovering that which already exists, hidden within the folds of the material, governed by elemental principles. Avital Sheffer

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Poriyah I

 

The images here are from the artist’s collection of new work.  Visit her website to see dozens of images of both recent and early work.  Stunning.  More at Jane Sauer Gallery.

Happy New Year to all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah today.

 

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