Esoteric Stencilism

Borrowing from the mystery traditions and folk medicine, this new collection of stencil cuts is for a series of stoneware wall tiles and covered jars that I’ll have for the Powderhorn Art Fair, Aug 5-6th. A smattering of these images will be featured on enameled copper jewelry as well, but decisions are yet to be made as to which designs make the cut (pun intended). The wall tiles and pendants are intended to act as a reminder to keep a wider perspective in mind, to flow around obstacles or attract abundance, to name just a few. We take subliminal cues from our environments all the time, here’s an attempt at deliberately seeding those spaces with intentional symbolism.

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Stencil Justice

Yet another process I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this year, is where to settle on creating entirely unique, one-off handmade objects, or trying to make in limited quantities with subtle variations. Coming back around to ceramics, stencil cuts are something I’ve gotten into over the last two years for making a simple series. The images started out on New Years cards (we don’t do Christmas), and found their way onto hand-thrown wedding platters for friends and family. Then I got to thinking; what else can I apply these images to? While not having been much of a graffiti writer my day, I do appreciate the street-art crossover with sprayed stencil art, which has lots of social justice associations worth investigating later.

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Reluctant Storyteller

“Knowledge and wisdom are distinct concepts. Whereas knowledge may be only theoretical in nature, wisdom is experientially verified to be effective. Ancestral wisdom is made up of practices that our ancestors experienced to be so important and effective that they wished to pass them forward to us. The unique greatness of human beings stems from…

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Pattern Language

Some of the symbolism I want to direct attention to, is a pattern language that has been lost to time, but speaks to a higher intelligence in nature. The reading of pattern languages was essential to the survival of our ancestors. Every mark means something – we just don’t receive the message on all channels any longer because survival doesn’t require it. I am interested in how these patterns are still expressed in nature and in the constructed environment, even though hidden in plain sight.

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Herstorical Context

The following portfolio of images date from my time at Vesper, and the evolution of a material philosophy and aesthetic. I continue to struggle with conceptual direction after graduating with my M.F.A in 2009. If you dare continue on, dear reader, you will encounter such tangential spirals and ontological wrestling as you have never imagined. For the brave of heart alone.

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