An involvement with the dreaming face

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carmen Alma Elliott (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: I am absorbed in the facial expressions of dreamers. The paradox would seem to be that while one rests, the face is still. Therefore, my emphasis on the readable expressions from a dreamer's face is wholly subjective, a fantasy on the head itself separated from the body and suspended in space. The face of the dreamer becomes a cinema for all the Images forming behind the eyes, for all the allure of the uncertain. The main core of my work is a series of ceramic heads which explore the postures and feelings of the dreamer as he/she responds to the dream. A second part, closely related, is a group of drawings, portraits of imaginary dreamers. In the clay pieces, and the sketches, the main indicator of the dream rests in the rise (the pulse) around the mouth and eyes. A dream is a private world of immeasurable spaces, a nacreous surface under which one travels and records those travels simultaneously. In the ceramic works, that spatial freedom involves a special luminosity (a soft-glow, the unholdable surfaces of freshly creamed skin)-the use of the pink bisque with powder whites, blondes, “birthday" colors, to de-weight the face so that it lifts (or files) and reveals the dreamer's expansion into the dream.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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