Clay folks

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nicholas Emanuel Batountis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: Clay Folks consists of a group of clay figures ranging in size from eight to thirty inches. The figures are based upon people I have come in contact with either personally, on television, in film, or through reading. In this sense the work can be thought of as a form of commentary, for the figures are a part of my inner world. In my recent work I have sought to combine certain environmental ideas with the figures. Though the idea of the environment is an ancient concept, it is one that has been continually reworked up to the present. In my own work, the purpose for using objects in conjunction with the figure is to aid in creating a specific mood for the figure involved. The exhibit will primarily focus on the female figure, mainly because of a personal preference for it. The structure of the female seems to lend itself better to the manner in which the pieces are constructed. The female can be thought of as a triangle, large hips and narrow shoulders, with a general reduction in size as one moves up. The male, however, possesses smaller hips and broader shoulders resembling an inverted triangle. My own work reflects the female structure, because of the figures' large hips and thighs and their tapering in size as the piece progresses towards the top.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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