Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Memorable Memorial Day Weekend Making Art

My own slab and work space. Note the pastels (dried clay) that I grate onto the slab for bursts of color. The red onion bag was rolled into the slab and removed for texture, and the back side of the spoon is used to finish braying the corners of the print where the pizza roller can't reach.

The process for me is immediate, serendipitous. I grab whatever colors I have at hand and dive in working quickly and pulling about one print per hour. I have been wondering why I work like that. Maybe I am so starved for the artmaking and the color; maybe I know how precious little time I have to myself for my art; maybe it's the adrenaline rush and thrill of it all.

Anyway, it was important to me to be working along side a woman who worked in a completely opposite manner. She spent hours dawdling over her slab, enjoing the fussing and carving and playing with it. She only made a few prints, but each was very beautiful too. Her presence helped me calm down, think about how I work as well as how I might work in new ways.
Here are the finished prints hanging after a preservative coating was applied. Can you find where the onion bag was used?

These are monoprints because when you pull a second print from the "plate"(the clay slab), the second print is not a ghost print, but a completely different print. As you print 2, 3, or more times, you actually pull clay from deeper and deeper in the slab, rediscovering the history buried beneath.

I am gaining quite a body of work and must think about what to do with all these prints. A show? A sale? Lots of frames? Let them accumulate in the garage?

What I do know is that it is the making of them that is important to me, not the selling or finding homes for them. That will happen when the time is right. In the mean time, I will make time for myself, my clayprints, and my quilts.


JulieZS said...

Cheryl, I really enjoyed reading about the clay print process you describe. Your work turned out beautifully. Are those prints flexible at all? Could you make a quilt out of them somehow?

Karoda said...

Cheryl, this is definitely a niche for you...clay printing and these are nice pieces! Is the clay damp?

Karoda said...

okay, i read where the clay is misted, but is the clay itself moist or hard with a damp surface?

Scrapmaker said...

I love your work and could happily live with the results.
What a joyful way to spend your weekend! Jen


"Color is the real substance for me, the real underlying thing which drawing and line are not."
--Sam Francis

"The great man is one who never loses his child's heart."
-- Philosopher Mencius

"We wear our attitudes in our bodies."
-- Patti Davis

Colour embodies an enormous though unexplored power which can effect the entire human body as physical organism.

Colour is a means of exercising direct influence upon the soul.
--V. Kandinsky
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way.. things I had no words for.
Georgia O'Keeffe

Nothing is really work unless you'd rather be doing something else.
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Faith is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
E. L. Doctorow

Somebody once said that people become artists
because they have a certain kind of energy to release, and that rings true to me.
--Dale Chihuly