Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Alright, so I've recently relocated to Melbourne, Australia. I've gone from having access to a glaze lab, electric kilns, wheels, and extruders to having access to a store where i can buy clay, and perhaps fire pieces for $5.50/Kg - about 15 minutes away by bicycle, uphill. This has caused a drastic change in work. Although I was interested in miniatures before, now working small is a practical necessity. Also, I haven't been firing the pieces - for a reasons or two beyond the most obvious. At this point they are sketches, not completely thought out as far as style or location goes. Also, I am enjoying the fact that they might only be around for a day before a rain comes and washes them away - perhaps someone will see one, perhaps not - lots to sort out "contheptually".
This image is of a mini ladder reaching from ground to drainage pipe, in a back alley in Melbourne. Ladders are loaded items - they symbolize the race for prosperity (climb the corporate ladder), they carry superstition (walking under a ladder is bad luck), they are tools, they raise a person up... In the miniature they combine any of the previous ideas with the little people - the ignored, forgotten, or minority, (or the magical, if you prefer to think lightly).