Thursday, 7 July 2011

Maria Vanhees- Finally at Work

Finally at work…

I just had some photos taken for an ad for the ceramics classes I’m running in Bendigo. Here is one of them. Me, at work, using one of my favourite tools (a plastic card). This is not my own studio (I don’t have one), but just a small area (1 table, 1 big shelf) I’m using at La Trobe Uni. As you can see in the background, I usually have lots of images around me of things that appeal to me in nature, even if I don’t use them at the time.

A lot of my work over the last few years has been inspired by nature but ends up as sculptures suggestive of (human) form. Now, I have the feeling that my work is becoming more explicitly figurative, but still somewhere halfway on the scale between nature and the human figure. This change is not an intentional one. It just happens and I have to go with it to see where it leads me…

In the photo I’m working on a new piece. Usually I make more than one at the time. As you can see, I design the form by making a maquette, then I enlarge the form using coils, continually checking the proportions in the maquette. I do make some drawings too (after I make the maquette), but hardly ever end up using them. I don’t always strictly follow the shape and proportions of the maquette. It depends on whether it feels right at the time.


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