Artist Statement

“Water, stories, the body, all the things we do, are mediums, that hide and show what’s hidden. Study them and enjoy being washed by this secret we sometimes know and then not.  “.

Craig Childs

Sara Ransford Artist Statement 2015
Fascinated by life’s mysteries and the forces of erosion and deposition I discover during my travels in our vital landscape, my paper clay sculptural forms explore the ideas of vulnerability, protection and duplicity. I’m captivated by patterns of complex organic structures of desert plants, ocean coral, rocks, or in the remarkable beauty of desert canyons, especially the historical marks left by unanticipated water events as they reinvent history. As significant events occur in nature and in our lives, new paths emerge, as events out of our control can permanently alter a river’s course, or respectively impact us for generations. Negative space recurs often representing the impressions of past events, past relationships, words not said, the space between us -as I seek to provoke mystery through the interaction of separate elements. Using the tension and harmony I witness in nature as a metaphor for a window into our subconscious, the surprising strength of paper clay allows me to explore those disparate relationships by incorporating torn and fragile components ultimately representing the monumentality of even the most intimate, complex spaces.

“I explore the natural world in my sculptural forms. I am fascinated by the complexity in nature, and how that complexity reflects itself in our own world. The forces of erosion, the aspect of time, traces of experiences recorded over eons, only to be changed in a single moment can create such vulnerability and duplicity in things we do not anticipate. These components culminate to represent the monumentality of even the most intimate, complex spaces.”

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