[Above, top row] Babies in a Bowl, 1999
Materials: latex, clay, silk
[Above, left] Babies in a Bowl detail (Photo: Blayne Collins)
[Above, right] Single baby each baby measures 7 cm in length (Photo: Blayne Collins)
[Below left] Babies and Seeds
[Below right] Babies 4 x 4
[Above left] Seeds, plaster, top detail with babies
[Above right] Seeds, plaster sculpture, full view,
[Left] Seeds, plaster sculpture, close detail
[Below] Seeds, side views (Photos: Blayne Collins)
The Seeds evoke such images as scar tissue or skin eruptions when the
image is enlarged as in Babies and Seeds Study #1. When enlarged
further, the seeds take on the quality of pods, as in Seeds and Babies.
Producing multiples of the baby makes it a more powerful image. Turning
the seeds into a monolith has moved them in stature to a similar level of
importance with the baby. To have greater impact on the viewer I have
combined these two powerful images.
Method: For this work I tried out two images, babies and seeds, in various forms. For the Babies component I worked with multiples and enlargement. I worked in different mediums; clay, latex, and photography. With the Seeds component, I worked with enlargement and also layers, using photography and plaster.
The juxtaposition of clay babies/latex seeds and latex babies/plaster seeds was a way to play with the images, creating patterns, rhythms and positive/negative space.