House Series

This series was stimulated by my involvement with public arts organization and my participation in an architectural ceramic seminar.  As a result, I became increasingly interested in producing a body of work concentrating on the environment. At this time, I was entering graduate school and wanted to focus on one theme.  My pivotal point of interest was a universal symbol that would be communicative, cross-cultural and panoramic.   At great deal of my initial concerns were centered around personal circumstances. At the time these earlier sculptures were created, I was emotionally and physically ill.  I retreated into my clay. I sought comfort, warmth, protection, privacy and strength in my medium.  As I continued to build these forms, a presence emanated amongst them, an internal volume I call my extra heartbeat/ the image of 
the house evolved – small-scale temples, each representing my concerns yet introducing their own. 

Their sources are eclectic – some resemble the adobe house I lived in while in West Africa, others are directly stimulated form my travels to the Orient and my sojourns out West.  Still others are multi-cultural, 
having many references in one form. 

For me, these human-scale terra cotta sculptures are speaking about kinship, culture, life and living.  I share with the viewer, dwellings that have touched and healed me and to experience their presence.

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