REVISING DARWIN

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

REVISING DARWIN is a hand built raku and glazed fired, sculpture with found objects (gneiss) and is part of the “Avianus Abstractus” Series. It is intended as a very tongue in cheek exposition of a new, never previously advanced, theory of evolution. I am hopeful, however, that the scientific community will take up the challenge and that new evidence supporting it will be uncovered. (2019) (13 ½” x 11” x 15”) ($350)

HEADS OR TAILS

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

Are you a bird watcher or a whale spotter? Do you see the crested head of a bird or the flukes of a whale’s tail? You can be and do both. HEADS OR TAILS? was originally intended to be a “bird” only and part of my “Avianus Abstractus” Series of hand built, raku fired paper clay sculptures which I was creating for submittal to a show themed as “Wings and Water”. However, with a couple of modifications to the original design and an adjustment to the glazes, I think I was able to create a piece that could be either fish (well mammal) or fowl and which fit even more squarely within the “Wings and Water” concept. Other than some of the pieces I created specifically for my solo show “Myths and Legends, Gods and Demons” the pieces in the “Avianus Abstractus” Series mark the first time I have created pieces for a specific show. (2019) (13 ½” x 9” x 8”) ($295)

Aftermath #2

Aftermath #2 WM

AFTERMATH #2, like AFTERMATH #1, was seven years in the making. The main body of the piece is part of a tree limb shattered by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The only work done to it was wire brushing it to remove dirt and evening the bottom. The base is unglazed bisque fired paper clay. While the original inspiration for AFTERMATH #2 was cleaning up after Sandy, the final impetus to finish it was the images of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. (14” x 8” x 7”) (2019) ($225)

Aftermath #1

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

 

AFTERMATH #1 is a sculptural piece that is seven years in the making. The main body of the piece is part of a tree limb shattered by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The only work done to it was wire brushing it to remove dirt and evening the bottom. The base is unglazed bisque fired paper clay. While the original inspiration for AFTERMATH #1 was cleaning up after Sandy, the final impetus to finish it was the images of the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. (19 ½” x 9” x 9”) (2019) ($245)

GMO #37

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

GMO # 37 is a mixed media sculpture using a found object and hand built raku fired paper clay. Somehow, using a purely natural object (a piece of yew root), and something completely manufactured (paper clay), seemed the appropriate way to depict a “genetically modified object”. GMO #37 is part of a series of mixed media sculptural pieces I’m going to be concentrating on this year. For want of a better title, I’m calling it my “Look What I Found” Series.

Prelude

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2019

PRELUDE, part of my “Look What I Found” series of sculptures using found objects and hand built paper clay elements, draws upon my “Rim of Fire” series for its inspiration. The pieces in the “Rim of Fire” series use stained glass and paper clay fired together to depict the early moments of a volcanic eruption. PRELUDE, as its name implies, is of an earlier moment: the clouds of ash are rising but the eruption has not started. PRELUDE is composed of distorted Styrofoam, handmade paper clay, resin, underglazes, and acrylic and enamel paints.