Paulette Esrig

Artist Statement

I think of my recent work in clay as combining the motion, rhythm and dynamics of both music and dance to produce purely sculptural forms. References to nature are implied and abstracted.

I usually begin my work constructing cylinders of varying dimensions. I have a feeling or rough idea for a form I wish to make. I then decide how I can bend and manipulate the clay to show motion. I stretch the clay pushing from the inside and adding or cutting the form, keeping in mind it is movement I wish to convey. I work intuitively until I have reached my goal of an integrated work.

Clay objects have been one of the oldest forms of artistic expression and for my surfaces I use one of the oldest forms of treating surfaces–terra sigillata. While I am constructing my sculpture the surface and its fin

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