Dever: a Closer Look at Sculpting Color

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Posted in Artist's Commentary, Exhibitons and Shows

Jeffery Lloyd Dever, Edensong Reverie, 2009
Polymer clay, wire, card stock

Jeff writes about his piece:

“Nature informs my aesthetics and helps me to form my visual vocabulary.  My quest is not to replicate God's finest gifts of flora and fauna, but merely to enter into the dialogue.

Each piece is born through a series of sketches, exploring a concept, a notion or merely a whim.  Then, the sketch matures into various fabricated naturalistic forms. Through repeated cycles of fabrication and oven curing, the pieces grow layer by layer.  Each color you see is the actual color of the clay.  The patterns and lines are not surface decoration or paint, but carved or incised details backfilled with contrasting colors of clay, cured at each stage.  An individual piece can easily go through 20 – 30 fabrication/curing cycles and take weeks or months to complete.”