|"Untitled", Ceramic, Glaze, 18"x15"x11"|
My thinking changed about using the figure for artistic expression when developing a marionette assignment for my 3D Design class at Southern Utah University. When I create a new assignment I do the project at least once so I know how to help the student solve problems. Below is the marionette I made for class. It's OK, a one off but I really enjoyed making it.
Making heads is an interesting process of observation. All that is needed is a mirror or you can go out and observe facial structures of a neighbor. When I'm making hares I seem to pay more attention to the anatomy of neighborhood dogs and cats, as hares aren't as easy to come by. I particularly like short hared, skinny and sinewy dogs such as wippets and grey hounds as models for making hares, as all animals have similar form.
The same thing happened when making human heads, I saw interesting faces every where. I started to pay close attention to the way faces are formed, facial creases, furrowed brows and shapes of heads. The piece above has a cranium the shape of the owner of the local pizza place. I'd seen that guy's head multiple times over the past several years but never noticed it as being a particularly interesting shape until I was in the midst of this piece.
I have a few more heads going in the studio. The meaning and purpose is unclear at this point. I have more questions than answers, but I'm engaged and interested.