This work is inspired by the idea of river restoration in order to revive wild fish populations by opening up old spawning grounds. The pieces allude to the challenges that fish species encounter as they migrate to spawn. The animals and figures in this exhibition are given a metaphorical capacity to demolish obstacles that fish might find as they charge upriver to their gravel beds. While carving the relief of these hollow-built clay forms, I was thinking of translating the type of mark-making and drawing that you might see applied to animals in folk-art illustrations. I used Anthropomorphic characteristics that are found in common folklore illustrations to give the animals a sense of intention that might make them more relatable. In this form, they are confrontational and exhibit capacity.
- Art form: 3-D
- Depth: Each Piece is Roughly 18
- Medium: Earthenware, Glaze, Slip, Oxide Wash, Repurposed Manila Line
- Width: Each piece is roughly 18
- Year created: 2015
- Height: Each piece is roughly 24