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Odyssey Ceramic Arts - Taylor Robenalt

Taylor Robenalt

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Art has been an obsession of mine since I was a little girl. It represents a part of me that I have a hard time placing into words therefore I create. It is intuitive and reactionary process. Often I have a loose image of what I want to create, but allow for freedom to respond to materials and form in the production of the work. I use human beings, flora and fauna because it is a direct way to illustrate emotions. I use clay because it is a direct way to work with form, volume and surface.

My new body of work features clusters of animals and flowers constructed of porcelain with minimal glaze and underglaze application. In these works, the animal heads are bursting forth from a heavy cluster of flowers, as though they are escaping from the thicket. With each piece created in the series, the flower clusters become more heavy and ornate, usurping the prominence of the animal heads. The contrast between the chaotic consumption and preciousness of the material helps with the conceptual concept I am trying to convey. I view the work as a metaphor for the way that humans are consumed by the paradigms we create, as well as the idea that it is inevitable that nature will reclaim all.

The use of porcelain is a key property of my work because it has such a pristine quality- dainty and delicate. The scene of preciousness is achieved by sanding the surface of porcelain and the minimalistic glazing. This lends a sacred and ghostly quality to the work, and I choose not to use heavy glazes and leave portions of the raw clay visible because of this. The limited color palette lends itself to accentuating the details and depth of the piece, whereas an overly colorful palette tends to distract from those intricacies.

Taylor Robenalt


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