At the same time, risk taking is so important to an artist. How are we supposed to be able to innovate if we are unable to take risks and try something new. This is an issue that I have really been struggling to tackle this semester. I have lots of ideas that I would like to try, but I find that I'm very reluctant to, well, screw up. I find myself wondering why this is. Perhaps it's simply that there is a lot of uncertainty in my work situation at the moment, a lot of changes happening in the department, and that makes me a bit nervous (as it does the other employees, I know.). Either way, I think I really need to stop worry about it and allow myself to play a little.
It's now time to start thinking of my third and final project for my ceramics class this semester. (yikes!) For a while now I have wanted to play more with surface decoration, but I didn't want to do the usual plant and animal motifs that are usually found in ceramics. I wasn't quite sure how to approach things until I began researching the work of Julie Mehretu for my drawing class. Mehretu's work is comprised of multiple layers of drawings overlapping each other to form a complex whole. I think it would be possible to do something similar on clay using carving, underglaze, glaze, decals and, perhaps, even china paint. I think what I would like to try doing is making some simple, slip cast tiles that I could then play with layering images and colors, resulting in a tile that contains a lot of information.