Monday, February 14, 2011

Heart as Object

These hearts can be found in the
Boutique at Wall Eye Gallery
5304 Detroit Ave. Cleveland Ohio
For times and access to the Gallery and
Boutique, click on link below;
 How I started making heart objects.

There was a time when I would have never used the image of a heart in any of my work.  This overused image of course in the art world can be very controversial.  Yet, when I taught Kindergarten through Fourth Graders a bit ago, I forced myself to dissect images the kids could relate to.  This helped me to teach good elements and principle of design to those little budding minds. 

I then started revisiting artists work like Jim Dine and his heart series which started me on the road to painting hearts with the kids.  I have more recently been looking at the use of color in some of Jasper Johns flags as I have been making hearts with a flag theme.  I am grateful to these artists who took the time to investigate color in the way they did. 

Working with glaze is much different than working with paint.  The chemistry involved in making glazes and the variables that happen in the firing process tamper with color results of a glaze.
It is challenging to work with clays and glazes when looking for color!
I came upon making these hearts quit honestly.  I intensely studied Buddhism for several years and at one point during this time was invited to create some art work for a show at a local Buddhist center in the Cleveland Tremont area.  The name of the center was Jewel Heart.  I accepted the invitation and decided to make 108 clay heart objects.  The number of hearts was decided upon to represent the number of beads on a mala and with the name of the center being Jewel Heart I thought the heart image would be perfect.  I wanted every heart to be different to represent the numerous hearts we come across in this world.  After the show, I continued making hearts. 

The hearts have become a way for me to explore form, pattern, texture, clay and glaze.  In this world where we need to pay rent and feed ourselves, the hearts allow me to continue exploring the numerous clay and glaze possibilities that exist while experimenting with them on a sellable and affordable object.

The Boutique at Wall Eye Gallery is now carrying these hearts.  The boutique is also carrying another line of work, bottle cap earrings.
This Friday, stop by Wall Eye Gallery and Boutique for the opening of "It's All About the Heart.  On Friday, February 18th from 6:00p-11:00p we will have our opening reception for it's all about the heART to help raise funds for the Helping Hearts Fund."

Thanks to all of you for your continuous support in buying handmade and supporting the arts.

Concept to Creation,
Theresa Yondo

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