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I made this piece using a technique I am thinking of calling “ceramic collage.” This means taking disparate elements, fired in different ways, and then putting them together post-firing into one sculpture.
When I tried to take a photograph of this piece, it was difficult to portray it from one view. The results of one of the single shots are shown at left. It doesn’t really give you an idea of the totality of the piece.
So, then I decided to try and use the panorama software on the ipad. Interesting…if you turn around and take the pictures around you, you get the panorama. If you walk around a fixed object and take pictures, you get kind of a composite of the piece. While it is kind of unclear, it does give an interesting feeling of the piece…see the image below.
So, the genesis of this piece was an NPR segment on the economy in Greece talking about the effects of their economic austerity program on the lives of the people. In particular, they interviewed a professional woman (chemist) who was working for a company that contracted with the government…and they had stopped paying her, but she continued to work. Thinking about that and my own retirement plans sent crashing by the economy, I was thinking about the “wise” men in the financial world whose “brilliant” ideas, or maybe more likely whose personal greed, led us ordinary people into these circumstances. Three figures sailing on a fantasy boat, zombie masks of their faces, monster face on the boat, all at the top of a pyramid…this is my comment in sculpture on these thoughts.