Category: Artist’s Commentary

Pouring it On

Wendy Wallin Malinow, Sugar Skull, 2012

“Sugar Skull”, a 2012 creation by Wendy Wallin Malinow is one of the teapots on view at Mobilia Gallery’s new show, “The Teapot Redefined 2012”.  While Malinow’s work is at times quite whimsical, her fascination with the macabre is long standing. In terms of a structural challenge, Mobilia’s teapot show provided Malinow the opportunity to experiment with larger scale hollow form.  However, the actual manifestation as a skull flows naturally out of the totality of Malinow’s work. Malinow writes:

Astronaut on the Move!

Dan Cormier, Looking Back To A Less Complicated Tomorrow, 2002

  What moves you?  For the Brookfield Craft Center show in 2002, “Moves in Polymer Clay,” (Brookfield, Connecticut) curator Elise Winters invited artists to create something in response to the word, “move.”  Dan Cormier’s translation of the request resulted in a work entitled, Looking Back to a Less Complicated Tomorrow, that moves on several levels: literally, emotionally and through time, which is quite an accomplishment for a creation that appears to be a toy.

Seasons of our Lives

J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff, Begin, 2009

Recently we have been exploring ways in which polymer artists have found inspiration from tradition craft techniques in other media.  In this new work by the team of J.M. Syron and Bonnie Bishoff, the inspiration comes from a different source. Bonnie comments about the work, saying:

Adaptive Thinking

City Zen Cane (aka Ford/Forlano), shibori collage polymer sample, circa 1995

The term “adaptive thinking” came up frequently in my recent discussions with Steven Ford and David Forlano about their sources for inspiration.  Each artist had stories to tell about traveling; of seeing an example of traditional native or contemporary craft and of wondering how that technique might be reinterpreted in polymer.

West Meets East

Melanie West, Bamboo BoaBangle, 2008

Just about a year ago, Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections at the Racine Art Museum, spoke to the attendees of the International Polymer Clay Association conference.  In this presentation he illustrated how the new RAM polymer collection would be integrated with it’s permanent collection of craft. Placing images side by side, as shown above, he drew inspiring comparisons and relationships.  Plans for the inaugural exhibition, to be called Terra Nova, are well under way. Here’s what Melanie West shared with me after that presentation last year: