Cracks and Wrinkles

My Tree Faces piece has dried out in a pretty interesting way. In the process of drying, the clay has shrunk a little and this has pulled the clay away from the bark in places. I love the effect this has created as it looks a bit like peeling bark and has revealed the wood underneath. This effect, for me, demonstrates the fragility of our short lives, drawing a marked comparison between our own temporary existence and that of ancient trees which can live, strong and sturdy for centuries. We might choose to see ourselves as invincible but this clay represents how fragile we actually are. As the clay is not fired, it means that it is not permanent, it will one day crumble and enter back into the earth, as all things do.


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