It’s the deadline that is important. Believe it or not this annual art show that we are putting on is not to ‘show’ our art, though that is always a lovely by-product to have someone come and look at a piece of work and interpret it for themselves. The first intention of all of this was to create deadlines – motivation.
When we first conceived of this idea of a family annual art show – it was in reaction to writing gallery proposals which all of us were reluctant to tackle, and to deal with the scheduling of art galleries – that was if our proposal were actually accepted.
The only way out of this dilemma was to book our own gallery and schedule our own show – and create our own deadlines. So we did.
The first year was hectic, new and extremely exciting. The show went far beyond our expectations in regards to our audience, the response and our own sense of fulfillment and growth.
This year – which we all thought would be much easier – was exactly the opposite. Each one of us had a traumatic year but I think Cliff’s year was the worst. He peaked last year with his artistic - there was a harmony and an inspiration in his show.
But the events of this last year have left him a little distracted, he would admit this himself. It has been in many ways a transitionary year for him, wanting to work on something new which he started to do but didn’t have enough time to finish. It didn’t help when his first piece, his prize piece, broke apart in the drying - something that rarely happens to him.
But out of that loss came his next idea which was to create faces – to examine the eyes. He became interested in eyes during the 26 years after Candace was murdered when he encountered that look of suspicion and felt he effect of it.. This led to a fascination with the movement of eyes which he has captures in his featured piece, Reflections of the Soul. Each face is an examination of how expressions change noticeably throughout any important conversation. This participatory piece invites all guests to create their own ceramic face and play with the subtlety of face expressions.
His second piece entitled Throne of Grace is his response to the justice process and the continuing drama of good and evil that plays out in the court room and in our own day-to- day life. His replication of the throne of swords is different in that it has a literal bouquet of a mixture of swords and feathers sprouting from its seat, reminiscent of his earlier well-known piece, two angel wings entitled Freedom which will also be shown.
This piece is actually a new look for an old theme that has run through our lives in a million ways each day. What will our response to conflict be? Is it fight, flight, fright or forgive. It refers to the biblical reference to “beating swords into plowshares,” and “overcoming evil with good” and all those other trite but profound sayings that have guided us – and given us life.
For his show he is also pulling out his other pieces.
We are also realizing that there is merit in showing some of the older pieces again which were stored away for this last year. We want to see them. We are lonely for them.
His work is inspiring!
The concept of deadlines is working.
The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter. Marcus Tullius Cicero
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