Mixed Media

Carfora, "Self-Contained"

Christina Carfora

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Christina Carfora creates narrative sculptures that explore the mind and human relationships. She begins by choosing the title followed by a series of sketches communicating the narrative. Carfora pays particular attention to the face’s subtle nuances or the posture of the piece. The story is in the details. Carfora constructs the work using slab and coil construction as well as altered wheel-thrown forms while working with a variety of techniques including colored slips, glaze, salt-firing, raku and cold finishes. The use of imagery and symbolism such as people, animals and organic forms are used as a vehicle to tell stories about triumphs, failures, opinions or revelations that we all experience at some
point in our lives.

Above: Christina Carfora, “Self Contained.” Ceramic. Photo by HCCC.

Jon Clark

Jon Clark

Jon Clark works with office supplies he manipulates to interpret nature’s process of intrinsic mathematical and divine proportions. The Divine Proportion is the base line equation for Clark’s creative process to unfold. Found in nature from the furthest stars to our fingertips, it can be used as a tool for discovery and understanding of regenerative and harmonious forms. Experiencing the balance of the relationship of parts to the whole, he is able to explore endless creative possibilities. Clark enjoys the history of the proportion’s application in the arts and architecture because it subliminally references an inclusive relationship between us and nature.

Above: Jon Clark, “Colored Pencils.” Mixed media. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.

Gretchen Diehl

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“I consider my work to be an exploration of drawing as a form of storytelling. My subject matter is inspired by my vivid and often frightening dreams, people and animals I have known and loved, as well as verbal and visual misinterpretations. The result is usually surreal in nature and narrative. The work has a tendency to represent things as they are, not as they appear. My subjects typically abandon their physical forms to present to the viewer something more intuitive and less confining. My ultimate goal is to simultaneously seduce and repel, drawing the viewer in with beautiful images and stunning them with an unexpected intimacy.”

Gretchen Diehl, “Toucan Necklace.” Plastic and silver. Photo by Amanda Shackleford.