I make many masks and heads, which is an entertaining process. Slabs are draped over a face blank, sculpted and textured. I use artist made texture tools and let the shape of the slab inform me as to the final outcome. The clay inspires me in many ways, things happen. I am influenced by African art, Japanese art, textiles, everday experiences, and people around me.
HEADS: I use slab construction, which informs the way I sculpt the heads, giving them a flattish face, I love red lips, which I think was influenced by watching my mother put on red lipstick. She had a wide mouth and my heads seem to come out that way also. I am developing various ways to use heads, as cookie jars, bird houses and other ideas. I have just started a series using found objects. I'll keep you posted!
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