La Macina di San Cresci

 

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“Artists are interesting creatures. We can be obsessive, dedicated, spirited and single minded in our pursuit for that perfect realisation of our art. We tend to be outsiders and are often that square peg in the round hole, so when you find an oasis like San Cresci you hold on tight -- for it’s that sense of belonging which welcomes you.”
Rebecca Rath , Australia

Discipline: Sculpture
Country: USA
At La Macina: 2014,2016,2017,2018,2019
 

I began working with clay in a time of crisis in my life more than twenty years ago. Since then I have studied with teachers in the U.S. and in Europe. For many years as a psychologist and family therapist, I was in conversations with people wanting to make changes in their lives. I have also worked in situations in the U.S. and in Kosovo where catastrophic illness and political and natural disasters have upended the lives of the people I met and worked with.
These experiences come forth in my work in clay. I take my observations of people and gather these impressions to create moments of life often between two or more figures. I am interested in the relationships between people and the ways in which they touch and do not touch one another. I find that fired clay is the best medium for my work. I start with photographs and then abstract relationships and meanings from them to give wider significance to individual moments. Usually I finish my sculptures with a dried brush acrylic process.

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