Title: Love’s Penumbra Embracing Cast Shadows
Size: 4″h x 5″w x 9″d
Light and Shadow: “The shape of a cast shadow is related to the shapes of both the casting object and the receiving surface…” The giver and receiver, both reflecting and absorbing light, both playing their dynamic parts in shaping where these shadows lie, what is contained within them. and if and where light will emerge or darkness will take hold.
The human heart, made up of the stuff of this Earth, of fire and heat, water and air, and flecked with both light and shadow, in some places it glistens and shines, reflecting. In other areas it absorbs what is placed around it. Its tendrils softly undulating to hug and hold, or to bind and squeeze, depending…This human heart, informed by the inter-dependence of its cast shadows- the object itself and the surface upon which it sits. Does it ever truly exist alone or independent of its surroundings? Surely our seat of emotions bears influence from the other, and yet, the power to overcome past hurts, limitations, transgressions, pulses and reverberates from our depths- the penumbra of self-awareness, of empowerment- the ability to overcome, to transcend, to reside in pure and unconditional love. This heart of loving-and compassion, our authentic state of being, encased by the penumbra: an extended light source, unconditionally enveloping the outer edge of the cast shadow, is the embodiment of love unconditional, surrounding and holding space for any incursions or deficiencies, without judgement. Here, in the heart of flesh or clay, love prevails through light and through shadow.
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
More about my work: www.claystudiotour.com/nicole-renee-peters