What seems to always jump-start your zing of creativity? (Sleep, good movie, book, exercise, etc) and how does time to work on alone and / or the stimulation of other people relate to your creativity level? Respond by 9/30 for full credit.
Beatrice Wood was an important contemporary artist, craftsperson and writer. Her life ran the course of the 20th century and included many of the figures that shaped it. Ultimately, her genius was in the marriage of wide-ranging influences in her work. The spirit of Dadaism, impact of Modernism, embrace of Eastern philosophy, influence of folk art and even the ornament of ethnic jewelry were all combined in her ceramics. Her work reveals a mastery of form, combined with a preference for the naïveté of folk art.
Ultimately, it is impossible to separate her life experiences from the work she created, as she truly mastered the art of a life." ~Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
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Last summer my kids and I went to a beautiful place called Nice, France, on the coastline. The ocean was brilliant blue, but instead of sand under our feet, there were nothing but millions of small pebbles, all smoothed from many years of tumbling in the waves, but still hard, hot and bumpy to walk on. While they were smooth, we were not used to walking barefoot on pebbles in order to get to the water! It was different, and a bit painful, because they were bumpy and hot under our feet. But when we got to the ocean it was worth it! The cool water was refreshing and we forgot all about those irritating pebbles along the way. We could have stopped, and turned around, avoiding the pebbles all together, but the ocean was well worth walking through the the pebbles to get there.
Through mistakes.....we learn, and progress to the next level, in the process we discover something about ourselves or our art that we didn't know before. Many times, a wonderful and unexpected reward awaits you, after the hardship of trial and error occur. We learn by doing. We lose out when we avoid hardship many times.
How does fear prevent you from revealing or discovering your true style and identity? What holds you back artistically? What are some ways you can move past those obstacles in order to grow as an artist?
Respond by Sept. 23rd for full credit.
Due for FULL CREDIT by Friday 9/16
"It makes good sense to use clay for pots, vases, pitchers, and platters, but I like to have things both ways. I make things that could be functional, but I really want them to be considered works of art."
Betty Woodman (b. 1930) is internationally recognized as one of the most important ceramic artists working today. Through her inventive use of color and form and her expert blend of a wide range of influences, she creates exuberant and captivating ceramic sculpture.
Employing many forms, from fragmented wall vases to bronze benches to pillow pitchers, she presents a delightful gathering of influences and traditions. Woodman has traveled extensively, finding inspiration in cultures around the world. Artist and writer Jeff Perrone has described Woodman’s remarkable ability to draw on many sources:
As a body of work, her ‘style’ is an ever-changing constellation of ceramic styles…This ceramic eclecticism is an implicit critique of modernist “purity”, the leveling of variety and difference. But Woodman’s eclecticism, her pluralism is not a scrambling or confusion of systems. It is the selection of what is best from various styles; it requires more care, more orderliness to be an eclectic than to apply a single standard or adhere to a single model.
For Woodman, this eclectic gathering is an essential part of her process:
Have you discovered a "style" in your art or your way of dress or decorating? If so, what style do you employ in your art-making, dress or decoration?
As Betty is constantly changing in her preferences of ceramic styles, she appears to stay consistent to her love of bright colors and incorporating Matisse-like elements in her work.
Your style is unique and personal to you. Describe your style preferences, and embrace your uniqueness!