I am an artist who uses clay as a medium. My work deals primarily with my personal past. It is reflective of the past history of ceramic sculpture, and the work of a number contemporary sculptors. My monumental totemic masked figures express the culmination of past personal experiences, and deal more specifically with one date and event. The sculptures work universally as figures, and the viewer gains a sense of permanence from the pieces. My work related to African, Haniwa, and Egyptian sculpture. There is a sense of the culture of the people who made them, and a mysterious quality, an inner energy, to the figures. Viola Frey, Robert Brady, Michael Lucero, and Peter VandenBerge are contemporary sculptors who also reflect these characteristics. I feel a bond with the work of these artists, realized in the sense of soul and spirit expressed in my masked figures. I hope they are timeless, and will prove through time they are not dated by gimmicks and trends, just as good art relates to the past, present, and future, working universally.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Sculpture--Technique; Sculpture--Themes, motives

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School of Art (CIAS)


Schmitz, Robert

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Nelson, Kris

Advisor/Committee Member

Wells, Sheila


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