What is Quartz Inversion?
No, it’s not a quart of milk standing on its head. It’s the point at which silica crystals in clay change their molecular structure during the rise and fall of temperatures in the kiln. Heat serves as a catalyst for permanent change. Very cool idea. I think of it as a metaphor for most things in life. The transformational power of art can change us at the very core. Our actions change the earth every day, for better or worse. The choices we make, the thoughts we have, and the words we say change us in every way at every moment--from the inside out. I like to think that I go through a quartz inversion on a regular basis....and once quartz inversion occurs, there is no going back.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Staying out of the middle of the road...

I'm working on staying "simply complicated". My brother came and gave me a studio critique and nearly had a cow when I said I wanted to find the middle ground between total simplicity and total complication. "Why would anyone want to be in the middle?!" he cried, "what a horrible place to be!" He's totally right. Being middle of the road is NOT where I want to be. He suggested working from either a completely minimalist perspective by keeping the compositions very simple and quiet, or to move even further into collage by adding more and more and more elements. The way to avoid overdoing it is by using a minimalists approach when creating a complicated composition and by employing the theory of "less is more" ~ even when there is more than less. It's not as easy to explain as it is to just 'feel', but I think these few pieces come close to what I am talking about.
"Jan 1960"

"Joe, Santa, Corradina"

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