Bringing Meaning into Your Life with the Help of Modern Wall Art
As I’ve mentioned in many posts I love talking about the modern fine art and collectables in my own home. It’s such a great way to share stories from my travels and favorite moments in my life…and it’s a way to open conversation paths so that I can get to know the people in my life better. In summary, the modern fine art and collectables that I have in my home bring meaning into my life and at the same time reflect back the meaning of events in my life to me on a daily basis.
Through my work with organic sculpture, I try to do the same for other people. I aim to bring inspiration, beauty, and good feelings to their lives whenever they look at my organic sculpture. I try to infuse it with aliveness and fluidity and color. I want people to feel joy and free when they look at my work…like I do when I see a gorgeous bright orchid for the first time or a bright piece of fabric, bought in a Florence street market.
How Color First Inspired my Organic Sculpture
In the past few years I have mainly created modern table lamps and organic sculpture, but it actually all began with some inspiration from some colorful glazes….and that inspiration has come full circle in the last 6 months….let me tell you a little about it….
Ever since I started working with clay, I have been absolutely fascinated with the way that glazes can combine to made dynamic patterns and colors. After experimenting with double dipping (two layers of glaze) with some bowls etc, a flash of inspiration came! I think the inspiration flash came from the giant board of test tiles in the Torpedo Factory where I was taking classes….I remember it so clearly…the flash was this brilliant picture of a giant glaze painting hanging on the wall. After this, I started making lots of flat clay pieces and loading them with different combinations of glazes and oxides using a brush and a plastic dropper….what came out of the kiln was fantastic!
A New Take on Modern Wall Art
One of the very first of my glaze paintings, as I like to call them, came out with striking blues and greens (see print to the left). I had it hanging in my home for years and then later in my studio in Asheville’s River Arts District. I dreamed of making huge glaze paintings but I realized that to make one continuous giant painting weight and logistics would become a problem. However, I still plowed ahead…I’m a pretty determined person. During this time, I made many sets of glaze paintings including this modern rustic wall sculpture, which is infused with metallic glazes and most interestingly I rolled sand into the clay which gives it an ultra-rustic feel.
Opening up New Ways of Thinking about Modern Wall Designs
For two years my focus shifted to crafted high end designer table lamps (which I still do and love), but my glaze paintings were always in the back of my head. So about 8 months ago I started to sculpt modern wall sculpture…I had this need to fill people’s walls with bright and fluid organic wall art that speaks to their souls. This has brought about a huge influx of ideas, not only for glaze combinations but also for new ways to sculpt modern wall sculpture that allow me to build larger and more complex pieces. It has essentially opened up an entirely new way of thinking about sculpture and modern wall designs.
Rethinking Modern Wall Art
During this process, I kept looking at my new wall sculpture and thinking gosh these pattern would look so great in a simple large format. I began thinking about how my aunt, an established portrait and landscape painter, is able to able to copy her work in the form of canvas prints and prints and share them widely….I love this idea and have always been jealous that painters and photographers have this options…and then the thought occurred to me, why can’t a ceramic sculpture artist do that too!
The Inspiration for Glazes as Modern Wall Designs
At the same time, I was photographing my organic sculptures from several angles and taking close-up shots for my online sculpture gallery. I loved the up close photographs of my organic sculptures and how it brought attention to the outcomes of my bright and complex glazing combinations. And bam! I knew what I needed to do….take close-up photographs of just the glazes themselves and have them made into giclees (canvas on wood hung on the wall) and prints.
How Modern Wall Art can Enhance your Home
These modern giclees would be printed on large rectangular giclees and hung in lofts or in a large hallway. The great thing about them is that they are purely color and design…they don’t distract from beautiful architecture, but enhance it with texture and color. They’re perfect for homes with a strong design aesthetic….and the best thing about my modern giclee and print collection is that they have meaning and a story. If someone comes into your home and asks you about the bright and organic painting (giclee) on your wall, you can explain that it’s not just a painting but a close-up photograph of a ceramic organic sculpture or modern wall sculpture…it was made from glazes and not paints. It was baked at 2176 degrees and it’s results were a complete surprise to the organic artist that created it…because that’s part of the beauty of ceramic sculpture…you never know exactly what it’s going to look like until you pull it out of the kiln on the final firing…theorganic artist has to work on faith and intention, just like in life.
Brining Alive your Modern Rustic Decor
Because I am constantly experimenting with glazes, the aesthetics of what comes out of the kiln can vary quite widely. Sometimes when working with glazes I focus on metallic and browns and gold (I LOVE gold!) and what comes out has a fluid feeling that has a sophisticated feeling that suits modern rustic décor. Since I live in the mountains and am surrounded by trees, rivers, and amazing views every day, these are some of my favorites. In fact, the glaze paintings that I made with sand early in my ceramic endeavors remind me most of the mountainous landscape of which I am currently surrounded (see Pair of Giclees to the right). I look forward to seeing how they make the living room of a modern mountain home pop and truly capture the crispest sense of modern rustic décor.
Bring a New Take on Modern Wall Art to Your Home
To see my new take on Modern Fine Art, I encourage you to visit my gallery in in Asheville's River Arts District. I’d love to meet you and discuss your vision for your home!
To view my 2016 Print Collection, click here.
Or to view my 2016 Canvas Print Collection, click here.