Sculpture in clay and cast iron, wood-block prints and drawings : studies of mass and space

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Martha Malicoat Dunigan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Peter Agostini

Abstract: Over the past few years, the central focus of ay studio work has been wood-block printing and clay sculpture. My source of reference was land formations: hills, rock fronts, mountains or sand which had been cut into and eroded by wind or water. The ideas I worked with were ones dealing with mass and space, and the ways in which a form is changed by forces from outside or within. Prints from two years ago were simple arrangements of black and white forms. Early clay pieces were hollowed-out wedged forms and twisted, sliced and squeezed sketches in stoneware and porcelain clays. All of these works had an ambiguous quality; they seemed to refer to both landscape and figure. To clarify this ambiguous interpretation I devoted my attention to working from a model and to investigating the interaction of the different parts of the body with the space around it. During the past year I drew and modeled in clay from the figure. My main point of focus was the back, hips, and specifically the lower part of the figure where there is the greatest feeling of weight and volume. I attempted to capture the thrusts, the twists and the balance of the figure in these drawings and clay studies.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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