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Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
The boy in this piece is loosely based on Harold from Harold and the Purple Crayon. Like Harold, he flies joyous and unafraid of new adventures, trusting utterly in the tenuous support of his whimsical balloons, and in the shifting world around him. This piece is both a wish and a blessing for all those moving into the unknown.
The black and white simplicity of this delicate porcelain sculpture evokes old pen-and-ink illustrations and vintage photographs. The boy in this piece expresses both levity and gravity: like him we are strong yet fragile, moving helpless and adrift amid unknowable forces; like him we can choose to approach the unknown in fear, or in openness to the adventure of it all.
I form my sculptures in porcelain, using tiny slabs and jewelry tools to infuse them with meticulous detail. Once they are bisque fired I add stains and diluted glazes to the surface, and fire them in an electric kiln. In the finished piece, the balloons are fixed to the wall and the figure is suspended from them with thread-wrapped wire.
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