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"Beneath"

Stoneware Paper Clay, cone 6;

27”x 25” x25”

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 Started this in the Crystal Boger workshop...we were supposed to do a self portrait bust...but the muse had other ideas and I ended up doing my head on its side.  Wanted it to be a happy face and a balloon and the world all at once...worried/horrified and full of hot air… (I’ve been accused) ...the one wing tattooed angel arrived...as a philosophy that just wouldn’t fly and the  ‘screw you’ arrogance of “talk to the hand”. Look close!  She’s such a butt head! The white rabbit, horrified and as usual late escapes from a hole in the back of that failing philosophy.  When I got home from the workshop I added a nest of octopus legs, coral, sharks and hands to add to the “beneathness” of it.  As I began to glaze the piece I added an  ocean with an eternal symbol of fish endlessly eating each other and the land developed a molten, bloody-edged horror...and of course the worried face got happy face make-up!... All the better to ‘deal with ?’ NOT! ‘live with ?’ NOT!  it. By this time I  too felt some need for relief from the horror… or rather a remedy...so a Thunderfoot, ‘Hummel with an attitude’ child, her tongue stuck out and  a large pin extended emerged from the clay intent and in earnest at balloon bursting.  Ponder.

Stoneware Paper Clay, cone 6; 41”x 32” x27”

by Merry Arttoones, M.F.A.

 

Started with a vague idea of huge  cockeyed world… As it evolved a dying Lady Liberty lies atop an octopus like creature atop the head/world as it emerges from its faux gameboard turf.   “Could it be Big Brother?”, I mused.  Lady Liberty  has in her stupor dropped her torch and her book no longer emblazoned with our Independence date,   The turf is surrounded by a hedge of numerous metallic colored figures, books, hands, creatures in various stages of awakening or anesthesia.  A Thunderfoot child, hands on hips, a ‘told you so look” on her face addresses the escaping rabbit. Near by a heart stands horrified by the blackened ocean and agonizing land. The Cat from Alice in Wonderland asks, “Where are you going? “ Nearby both a fleshless fish (a failing church?)  and a naked Lady Liberty in her useless boat have run aground.

"Do Not Play on Their Turf"

This sculpture started from admiration for a certain Renaissance marble bust and an inspiring Santa Fe workshop with Chrystl Boger. Usually I only have a vague inspiration like that to start the narrative of a piece...the Muse informs me as I work.   I had the head in my lap working on it separately and realized I really like it lying on its side.  It looked egg-like.  So of course it needed a nest. ...then realized I was sculpting the Muse.  Googled symbols for the Muses and incorporated those into the nest.  That lead to depicting the nine Greek Muses on the dress...I had fun carving the lace panels into the dress.  I knew  that Pegasus was the steed of the Muses.  He  took them to higher ground as it where.  So added the Pegasus with sheltering hand-like wings.  A Thunderfoot reads/muses there. Thunderfoot is a child creature, combining the good cheer of Tolkein’s hobbits, Lewis Carroll’s commonsense Alice, Twain’s adventuresome Huckleberry Finn, and my own childhood contrariness. Thunderfoot is aware, amused, active; and sports huge feet because, “He always knows where he stands.”

          

Color:  I was doing a lot of bronze at the time and tried to duplicate in the glaze firing the lovely mottled greens of a bronze patina...fired that nest section five times! To increase the sense of peace in the piece, I limited and softened my usually garish color palette.  To further get the look of an  egg, I softened the flesh tones with encaustic color.  There are some soft decals on the back of the head to add an Easter ‘eggness’ to it.  There are a few decals on the nest to add some more depth to the imagery. Enjoy.

By Merry Arttoones, M.F.A.

 

Stoneware Paper Clay, cone 6; 30”x 25” x25”

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"Egghead: 
In the Company of the Muse"

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Figures in Clay; Figures in Bronze; Ceramic Sculpture; Clay Sculpture; Paper Clay; Pottery for sale, Ceramic Artist; Ceramics,  Famous Sculptures; Cartoons? No  Artoons; Clay Sculptures; Clay Artist; Just plain Artist; definitely not a Hobbyist; Comedy,  Tragedy; Postmodern Nightmare; Matrix escape artist; White Rabbit conundrums; Alice in Wonderland common sense; storytelling in clay; Magpie rants; Beyond Whimsy; Orwell Fan; Lewis Carroll Fan; Baudrillard  Philosophy NOT; Existentialist NOT; Centrist? Maybe; Art Collectors Dream; Commonground;  Uncommon Ground; Visions in Clay award winner; Las Cruces Art Museum darling ; NCECA questioner; Ayn Rand Fan;  Infamous Artist; Comedic Relief; Figurative sculpture; Horse Lover; Hummel with attitude.