My intention is to create uplifting art or art which expresses something beyond words. Sometimes I feel like a slave to the creative urge, when a piece wants to come into existence. There is no point in fighting with it, so I just allow the art be whatever it wants to be. It sometimes takes a certain amount of courage to facilitate the direction the artwork is taking but I must say I am enjoying the ride and I love seeing what comes out next.
I often take time out to meditate before approaching the making of a piece of art. I sit still, contemplating the vastness of the Universe, connecting from a space deep inside my physical body. I sit with the feeling of love resonating from my heart. I let visions form and I listen to my flow of thoughts about what I really want to make next. I slow right down to get in tune with what the world needs from me.
I loose all sense of myself during the creative process. I have no concern with whether I am male or female, young or old, hot or cold, hungry or not or even what time it is. I concentrate and listen to each next creative step as it arises. I like to see the way the materials work, sometimes letting them guide me. I constantly explore the potential of what my video software can offer or what the characteristics are of different types paint or the personality of a new clay. Being able to accept what I make, even if I may not like it myself, is an interesting consideration too.
I prefer to model and build my sculptures up, rather than carve them down. Sometimes it takes a while for the character to emerge, in a figurative piece, I have to keep sculpting without a clue as to what I am making. I have learnt to work with my intuition, especially for the constant decision making needed during the creative process. It says, “Stop work now!” I try to obey straight away, thus avoiding over working a piece. Sometimes a thought will go through my mind like, “Go on break it’s head off, go on, do it better.” And I do.
Here is Emma talking about her ceramics...!