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Title: Actions and occurrences
Author: Stumpf, Samantha Lee
Abstract: I am fascinated with the idea of action and reaction throughout the natural environment. I draw inspiration from natural forces that transform landscapes. For example the way a mountain slowly weathers over time, or the way water erodes a streambed creating a sense of construction and deconstruction. My pieces will be metaphorical landscapes. I will be creating these clay pieces by physically acting upon them for example by pushing, pulling, and tearing the material. The actions I create utilize the responsiveness of clay. My process is a physically direct dialogue with the material. The clay responds to my action with its own physical and visual reaction leaving certain elements of the work to chance. Some pieces will be very fragile and intimate while others will be solid and massive. Some sculptures will be free standing and others will be wall panels. This will create a diverse yet cohesive body of work, intended to suggest natural processes through a variety of changing landscapes.
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Date: 2010-04-20

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