HESITATION

(C) JOHN

Until recently, cognition and emotion were thought to be separate elements.  Now, new research indicate a strong relation with cognition affecting emotion. HESITATION is part of my “Cognitive Emotions” series, in which the primary contour of a piece is intended to suggest or evoke a human emotion such as surprise, elation, or skepticism and the glaze to create a secondary contour showing the interplay between cognition and emotion.  HESITATION is hand-built and raku-fired using a smooth variation of my own artist-made paper clay and a high-gloss/high-reduction raku glaze, set on a MDF base.  15″ x 9″ x 9″.

ANGER MANAGEMENT

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

ANGER MANAGEMENT is a hand-built and raku-fired part of my “Expressive Hands” series, using a rough, textured version of my own artist-made paper clay and mottled raku glazes to emphasize tension between the deep anger expressed in the form of the upper hand and the restraining effect of the lower hand. 9″ x 7″ x 7″ on an MDF base.

TEMPLAR

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

Another of the “Hooded Figures”, TEMPLAR is one of the most detailed and representational ones so far, specifically referencing the Knights Templar of the 11th to 14th centuries, and equipped with helmet, chain mail, spear, sword and shield. Hand built and raku fired paper clay on a hand cut MDF base, TEMPLAR is 7 ½” x 5” x 4”

PASSAGE TO RIGEL

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

When I decided to change the base on COLLABORATING WITH POLISTES (the new “Polistes” piece is REVISITING POLISTES) I also decided that the old base was much better as a stand-alone sculptural piece. With its coloration, sinuous lines and small opening, the mental image I had was of deep space, the space-time continuum, “worm holes” and travel to distant stars, hence the title: PASSAGE TO RIGEL. Hand built and raku fired paper clay. 12; x 9” x 7”

JEREMIAH

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

The pose and facial expression of this piece reminds me of a description of one of the Old Testament prophets: stern, righteous and unyielding, hence the title – JEREMIAH. Part of the more representational subset of the “Hooded Figures” Series, JEREMIAH is hand built and raku fired paper clay on a hand cut MDF base. 7”x 5”x 5”.

JUDGEMENT

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

I don’t regard JUDGEMENT as one of my more subtle, abstract, or obscure pieces. The message is pretty straight forward with the only questions being: who or what is standing in judgement and what will be the result? I expect the answers to vary from person to person. Hand built and raku fired paper clay with a found object and bamboo resting on an MDF base.

Reaching for Hope

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REACHING FOR HOPE is part of the “Expressive Hands” Series. Hand built from my own hand- made paper clay and raku fired using three different raku glazes, REACHING FOR HOPE poses a question for the viewer: is the lower hand helping or hindering, raising or pulling down? I must admit that my answer changes from time to time depending on my mood and recent experiences- straddling the thin line between optimism and pessimism. 9 ½” x 4” x 4”