My first few uses of the found ceramic object kept the form distinct, but obscured all the details. I wanted to use the piece as foundation but to push into an abstract visual language.
I wanted to avoid becoming reliant on the found object for narrative, or overly obvious. The result is that the found object was no longer really recognizably as such - in which case, why even bother using the object in the first place?
I am now working on a couple of new pieces where the found object is prominently placed - given equal visual weight. I don't want to become obvious (flowers on a vase, head on a figure, etc) but I think I have to take a step in the direction to really take advantage of the presence of the found object. I also think that adding to the figurine in a recognizable way acts as a nice transition to any other components.
|Component piece of two bird figurines|
|And.. after new faces.|