Carolyn Hazel Drake

My current work come from a desire to create objects that invoke contemplation or meditation. Like the use of devotional objects in a religious setting, these mixed-media sculptures attempt to suspend the speed and fragmentation of conscious thoughts and preoccupations. Ideally the result is a quieter mind and spirit.

Traditional craft materials -- porcelain, fabric, thread -- are humble and accessible, and seductive to the touch. The intimate scale and visual qualities of abstraction, repetition, and meticulous detail in my work come about through a time consuming process of making that produces the same sort of out-of-time meditative state that I aim to recreate in the viewer's experience of the work.


Archetype Slideshow 1: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1O5vML1pasNA-TS-EEjwhjNYEFmlmdqG7Ws25VWD-MK4/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=5000

Mark-Making Inspiration: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ITP1BY8PBS4mXncUOKzpJoeu_BH144QRLx38zQQ835M/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=5000

Porcelain Mark-Making Techniques: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JPlW5P8gvGBedSAacClQAl4p6YzImWH0bEdYEVBQ_6w/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=5000