Julie Clements, Artist Statement | claypigeonceramics.com
My art is based on little stories I make up based on what inspires me at the moment. Conservation, Darwin, personal experiences, and different cultures are some of the themes in my work. Animals are a ubiquitous theme as figures in a story in my sculptures. Animals create a needed distance for me versus using the human figure while telling a story. I include little nods to my twin sister with the addition of “two snails.”
While the stories behind my work aren’t as important as the end object being an interesting sculpture they do guide my choices. For example the piece with the marmoset and dunce cap is about an experience in high school. Sophomore year English class at Pi High was led by a small egomaniac teacher who thought he was Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. It had come out that summer. We walked in the class and he tried to make us stand on cheap wobbly desks and yell “My captain, my captain.” It didn’t go over very well with us. I got a C in that class. I am pretty sure for my attitude as much as my ability to read and write. I used the fierce small feisty marmoset to represent my angst and powerlessness in that situation.
Animals have always been a big part of my life. I have worked for many years as a veterinary technician in private practice and zoos. I find animals endlessly fascinating. For example I recently learned while researching Aardvarks that they not only eat ants and termites- they eat cucumbers. Who knew? I recently had the pleasure of working with an Aardvark at the Sacramento zoo. They are as unique as promised. Being that close I appreciated their amazing eyelashes and extensive nose hair. While Aardvarks are particularly amazing every creature on this planet has a similar story.
Sara Post, Artist Statement
Each collage is an artifact with its own history. It’s all there in the surface—prints, drawings, papers, paint—glued, painted, scraped and glued again—a time line in layers. Each abstraction is an invitation to me and to every viewer to see into the work, to find individual experiences, events, stories reflected there. It’s a lively exchange between materials and imagination.