artist statement

I am a person who is often caught up in thinking too much.  “Making things” gets me out of strictly thinking and more aware of being alive. For me, this is often about creating sculpture and making and presenting food.  In these activities, I pay more attention to my senses of touch, sight, and whole bodily response (what feels right). Colors, patterns, value, texture, positive/negative space are noticed, as well as in cooking, the senses of smell and taste.

 

Recently in my art making, I have been creating mobiles (sculpture that move and are suspended from above).  Movement adds “time” to the equation. If we stop and notice, we humans can experience almost infinite views of the changing microcosm of the mobile. So what’s the big deal? For me, it gives me practice in really being present in the moment. I am actually experiencing this physical world (that I can only notice for a finite time before I die.) For example, when I am walking outdoors, especially, I can notice the trees, shrubs, animals, clouds and lampposts in constantly changing relationships with each other. I can be part of the 3 dimensional space and when there’s movement, the 4 dimensional ever-changing moments.

 

The mobiles are made from ceramic pod shapes suspended from heavy copper wire that I have forged and bent. The pods are open to your interpretation (stylized seed pods, abstracted humans, spirit containers, constellation units?) The swivel mount allows the whole sculpture to gently move.

 

 I also work in porcelain, a high-fired ceramic with a bright, white, smooth surface. Before firing, it is rolled very thin and torn into interesting shapes. Once when I picked up one of the damp raw porcelain pieces, “canvases,” from below, my fingers created some bumps like the California treeless foothills or some body bumps under covers. Voila, the body bump series was inspired.

 

 These tiny "canvases" are bisque fired. I then add some color before high firing. Some highlight the juxtaposition of palm trees and redwood trees in our central coast region of California. (Redwood and other coniferous species growing peacefully with trees of the deserts and tropics.)  Some pieces highlight our summer fog, a sweet sight with the cutest little single clouds floating between solid white and solid blue sky.

 

Enjoy!

 

 Education:

 

       1974-1981        Cabrillo College; Aptos, California    Art

       1981-1983        University of California; Davis, California    B.A. Studio Art

       1983-1985        Montana State University; Bozeman, Montana    MFA Sculpture

Studied under Howard Ikemoto, Bob Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, John Buck, and Deborah Butterfield.

 

Please enjoy.
 

 

 
Maren Sinclair Hurn