“Not in Our Stars” is based on two things: the famous quote by Caesar addressing human frailty in Shakespeare’s play, and how when I’m troubled, I find contemplating the night sky gives me both perspective and comfort. Some find considering the vastness of the universe, and our merest fraction of existence by comparison, daunting. It is a source of ongoing wonder and deep joy for me.
Visually this piece draws its inspiration from a vacation in Death Valley with its fascinating rock forms, and the stunning night skies seen camping off of Tioga Pass in Yosemite. I used Standard 181 clay for the body, rolling the slab, then tearing it to create the look of the cracks and bends reminiscent of that magical trip to Death Valley, pressing those into the face mold. Using several carving tools I textured the rock formations and further distressed the structure, pulling and cutting into the form. Once bisqued fired, I dabbed on black oxide to accentuate the texture and bisque fired again. After the second bisque, the piece was cold finished using watercolors and acrylics. It is spray sealed with archival UV protectant and ready to hang.
This piece was juried into the 11th Annual Clay International at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. The show ran from August 7 through October 10, 2021.
Size: 5 ½” x 6 ½”.
This item ships from Virginia and applicable sales tax will be added upon purchase.