Title: Inter-Reflections of My Attached Shadow- the Coexistence of Unconditional and Attached Loves
Size: 9.2″h x 5″w x 5.5″d
Light and Shadow: “Inter-reflection: The illumination of an object by reflected light from other objects that are not light sources.”
“Attached Shadow: Attached shadows seem affixed on the subject. Attached shadows also give an object texture.”
The human heart, as a vessel, so capable of extending love to others, yet not always reciprocated in equal measure…One who cleaves to an unrequited love, attached to that object, to the pain of loving another who refuses to be an equal giver of light and illumination…And then simultaneously there can exist the light of unconditional love and the joy of giving it. The darkness of attached, unrequited, romantic love; the shadow, the ego, the turmoil and anguish associated with that lack of reciprocation from one’s object of affections. The light and dark, the crevices and cracks, pealing layers and fissures of mottled love which stains us, colors our perceptions, our expectations. The attached shadow, affixes to the object itself, reflections of our own struggles, a mirror to our own darkness. And then the light. The inner light, external light. These cannot be known without the shadows. There is reciprocation in this relationship. The relationship of the subject and object, the inner and outer selves, the self and the other, the vessel and it’s environment, the artist and the viewer. We find both a beauty and a pain in this light and shadow of love and loving. All at once, sensations of oneness and aloneness, uniqueness and individuality. And in it, we may find both our purest and darkest qualities dancing together, either struggling to dominate one over the other, or living in harmony, recognizing our oneness.
Statement: I create from my heart, emotions channeled through my hands, my fingertips, kneading and stroking the clay. I care about creating pieces that are emotionally moving, sensual, and often dynamic. Textural. Most of the forms that emerge are shaped this way by my hands as the primary sculpting tools. I would like for viewers to really get into themselves and FEEL when they come into contact with my work.
Many of my sculptures are conceived and executed through exploration of pushing materials in unconventional ways. I enjoy the process as much as the end result and I really love clay for it’s freeing properties. My work is fluid, organic, loose. Like an impassioned, emotionally charged mad scientist, I allow inspiration to guide me in testing the limits of my creative hypotheses.
Connected to these Earth bodies and the whole of the natural world and cosmos…My work is elemental, if anything…I am enamored with exploring the multitude of ways that a few common shapes in all of nature repeat over and over again, combined in countless expressions. From the microscopic world to the macroscopic, we are all inter-connected. I am deeply moved by this beauty and intelligence. And very inspired by forms found in nature, particularly in the ocean, fluidity, and by human anatomy and physiology. Highly expressive, emotional and sensual-A recurrent theme in my work is: Finding incredible strength and freedom by allowing oneself to reside in vulnerability.
More about my work: claystudiotour.com/nicole-renee-peters/