CAROLYN HAZEL DRAKE

My current work consists of deeply tactile objects that invoke contemplation. 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 domestic 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 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.