Woman Fooled – a narrative sculpture in progress

Sometimes it takes awhile before a story emerges from an art work.  I love to work with a narrative theme in my sculpture and paintings.  I love the idea of story telling in art.  It keeps me interested and deepens my connection with the subject I am creating.  The story can be a personal experience, fiction or historical; whatever story needs telling.

The story of “Woman Fooled” is the period of time when a woman realizes she has been fooled and for awhile feels the fool. Hopefully, she the wretched feeling passes and she pulls up her boot straps and carries on with her life.  But, that is not how the female bust started….

I made the female bust two years ago and bisque fired her then placed her on a shelf.  She was a woman with no story or history. This year I painted the circles with under glazes and fired her with other ceramic sculptures.  I was not happy with the circles and felt she bordered looking like a clown.  She then moved around the studio:  on a shelf, on a table and on a shelf again. This week she received a copper carbonate wash and then she spoke.  She needed a cart-like pedestal where she could be displayed with her “fooled status”.  She also asked for a hat with ears; maybe donkey ears.  Then the story came together.

The new pedestal and hat will be fired with under glazes to match the female bust figure.

Woman Fooled, fired and unfired Raku Clay, underglazes, copper carb. wash, Tanna Bennett, 2015

Woman Fooled, fired and unfired Raku Clay, underglazes, copper carb. wash, Tanna Bennett, 2015

Woman Fooled, (leftside), fired and unfired Raku Clay, underglazes, copper carb. wash, Tanna Bennett, 2015

Woman Fooled, (leftside), fired and unfired Raku Clay, underglazes, copper carb. wash, Tanna Bennett, 2015

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