Sunday, January 17, 2010

A day in the guest room

It rained. All day,except for about an hour. So I took advantage of it and sewed, taking frequent breaks to read the beautiful book on Jun Kaneko's ceramic sculptures. Even without knowing clay, I am fascinated and in awe. He believes you need to become one with the material before yo can make art. And you need to communicate with it and listen to what it is saying. My sentiments exactly. He bemoans the fact that some people are so focused on technical perfection that they lose sight of the art. Agree again. We have all seen work that is technically fab bit has no soul. (which is not to say you should have NO skill at all). My design wall is a piece of batting taped to -- and constantly falling off of -- the wall.


Color leaves something to be desired, putting it mildly. Work in progress. Rayna - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

12 comments:

Eva said...

Love this piece. And also the color. It speaks of a rainy day in a room!
I found out that I need mastering the material to a certain degree, but not perfectly, to remain inspired. Trying a new technique feels like having fallen in love recently.

Regina Dwarkasing said...

Hi Rayna,

Just a hello to you in Florida from Sint Maarten! Like you we had rain all day yesterday and at a certain time it even was chilly, can you imagine, us sitting in our living with windows closed? But I like these 'Dutch' grey days, if only they don't come too often.
Enjoy the rest of your stay,
Regina

Sherryl said...

I really like how you have used light and dark for shadow and depth. I like this piece. We are scheduled for a weeks worth of much needed rain. At least it is not snow and temps will be in the 60's. By day 3 I will be in the dumps but I have lots of things in progress.

shellysquilts said...

Interesting work and very interesting commentary. Technical perfection is never more interesting (to me) than artistic interpretation.
Sunny and 60's here in Texas, Yipee!

Judy said...

great piece Rayna! Yes, I feel like I'm in a lovely, warm guest room looking toward a window.
this piece is different from what you normally do...and I like both!
I am working on a rather largish silk wall hanging for some friends, and I do feel that I have to become very familiar with the piece of silk and somewhat allow it and the dyes to do their own thing, but still guide it in the direction I am planning/hoping to go! LOL

xo

Debra said...

It takes a long time to get to know your materials and your ability to use them. Many people don't have that kind of patience.

Dianne Hricko said...

We have several huge pieces of ceramics by Jun Kaneko's at the new Pearlman wing of the Philadelphia Art Museum and they are gorgeous. Your work in progress seems to channel some of his simplicity and transparent elegance. Like many other commentators I too really like the color.

Diana Parkes said...

I love the simplicity and lack of colour in this piece. This piece has dignity.

Gerrie said...

Oh, me too. I think the color of this is wonderful and sparse. It sets a specific tone. I could so go with this.

Approachable Art said...

Your colors are getting more muted, yes, but that's not always a bad thing. I agree with Eva- it very much sets a mood, tone and place. I keep wondering what DSP would look like on top of those stripes?

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

His sentiments are my sentiments about art.
"The Cloth" spoke to me at a very early age and we continue an ongoing dialogue.

Fibra Artysta said...

I really like the colors of this piece. It defines a specific mood, I wouldn't move away from it if I were you.