In addition to the puppetry workshop, I've spent this new year experimenting with the traditional surface treatment blue and white majolica. Almost everyone has seen some kind of majolica potter, usually the Blue Willow plates. I'm very interested in how this technique inspires both nostalgia and whimsy. I want people to relate to the individual work and then wonder what it means. Just as the Blue Willow plates represented a complex love story, my blue and white ware describes individual experiences through a surrealist lens.
January was a very interesting month for me. After spontaneously attending an invitation to Mudlark Puppet Theater's "Fundamental's of Puppetry" workshop I found myself caught up in a flurry of paper mache and hot glue. I made a full scale rod puppet for the role of the robber queens daughter. At the end of the month we preformed Han Christian Anderson's Snow Queen at the Marigny Opera House. It was so interesting to see this process from start to finish, making the puppets, blocking out the performance and coordinating the music, through it all Pandora lead us on a fantastic journey of theater arts. Since this experience I have become very interested in Bunraku puppetry and the interesting mechanisms that make those puppets so unique.
I want to utilize this blog to explore expressing my ideas, and to define an art movement born of a collective love of Near and Far Eastern cultures.