ACGA ARTIST OF THE MONTH –
Making art, especially the physicality of moving clay, has long been the vehicle for me to stay connected to feelings and to find joy and healing during difficult times.
My husband committed suicide a year prior to Covid. I found solace from grief by continuing to rehearse dances and to sculpt in the ceramic studio. In my communities of shared purpose, the beautiful ballet-antics of dogs at play could seed an exploration in my clay work of dogs swimming. This idea has sustained me in mourning the deaths of my husband and dear friend and the isolation during the Pandemic.
I began sculpting dogs when the death of my mother opened in me a channel to creativity. Raised by a woman who resented being a mother, I missed the way maternal support opens you to life. Instead, our relationship tightened and held me back. My muse, a sweet Sheltie called Bug, has shown me the canine capacity to open people to loving and living.
A walk with Bug provides opportunities to chat with fellow dog owners. My sculptures, movement and personality rendered, elicit smiles from viewers and recognition of the shared bond of unconditional love we experience with our pets. I look forward to seeing my art connect with people anew, as the world opens up.
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