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:

Mark-Making Inspiration:

Porcelain Mark-Making Techniques: