Nineteen-hundred and seventy-four

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

Abstract: For my work I use clay as the initial medium, laid up on armatures, or built in the hand if size permits. I choose clay because it is very plastic, reusable, fairly durable when fired; and molds can be taken from it for casting in more durable materials. I find that as I come to understand clay, I am able to achieve greater technical flexibility and broaden the parameters of my conception. I choose the head because it seems to articulate practically everything about the figure in a form of "shorthand". The head has the ability to focus the particular kinds of energy that the body expresses. Eric Ambler wrote: A man's features, the bone structure and the tissue which covers it, are the product of a biological process; but his face he creates for himself. It is a statement of his habitual emotional attitude; the attitude which his desires need for their fulfillment and which his fears demand for their protection from prying eyes It is a screen to his mind's nakedness. Only a few men, painters, have been able to see the mind through the face. I see the head, or face, as the ultimate expression of not only man's mind, but soul as well. I am interested in exploring the "poetry of being" in the latter part of the Twentieth Century as our civilization approaches the third millennium. I choose models for their availability and their face, which comes to the surface of the crowd.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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