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!