I have faith in the ability of the human form to communicate an idea, suggest a narrative, beguile, entertain, seduce. Sometimes I intend what the figure will do, where it will go. Sometimes, however, I intend one concept and, distracted by a nuance, what the impact of a fractional change in gesture has, and, instead, explore the unintended territory.
My figures/installations are silent ceramic responses to something I have seen, read or heard. I tease out haiku-like titles, an important element of my work, to offer the viewer guidance. So what begins with my response, in clay to a New York Times article, an NPR book review or an Access Hollywood interview, hopefully, initiates incalculable viewer responses to my responses.
While I am working and solving problems relating to fabricating the figures, I am thinking about what the figure will have to say. My intent, as is any court jester’s, is to lure the viewer in and long enough to allow the formulation of a response from a disapproving shake of the head to a smile as they walk away.
COMING SOON BY BARBARA BALZER: