“Divine Feminine – Sumi Sculpture” introduces my black, Neolithic inspired figures, small sculptures which I call Sumi, as they are black as ink.
Welcome to my new-found world of creating Divine Feminine, small, clay figure sculptures. I’m fortunate to be able to do clay work at the studio of Mary Mackey at Urban Mud in Denver, as my own studio is full-up with paintings, happily so, right now.
Sumi is “ink” in Japanese, but of course not “e” or on paper, as are my sumi e paintings. I’m happy for the Zen feeling of the sculptures which shows up in both the clay and the paintings.
Sumi e Workshop Coming at Foothills Art Center
UPCOMING SUMI E WORKSHOP, June 19, 2021, 10:30-3:30, Foothills Art Center, Golden CO. “Ink and Joy” is now posted on their website. We will be a small, intimate group, so sign up soon as you can. The Workshop will be demonstrating and practicing the sumi e work you see in my blog and on my website, marilynwells.com.
Divine Feminine Sumi Sculpture
I worked in clay years ago at the very beginning of my life-long art career. For many years I have been without a kiln, even though when I built my backyard studio, I had it wired for a kiln, because I hoped one day to get back to it. I’ve always had a sensitive touch for clay, maybe partly because I am also a gardener, or the other way around. I like to work with my hands. Also loving form, I will be coming back around to it in my paintings very soon.
Nothing is more pure than the ancient Neolithic figures that have been found and unearthed, housed now in museums, unsigned by forgotten artists. I find a heart connection with each artist whose work I am drawn to. I feel like we are touching hands across the centuries.
Life may not be a straight timeline. I am more inclined to believe God’s world is a circle, as the ancient Celts believed, according to John O’Donohue. I am closing the circle of time by coming back and joining hands with creators from these ancient, prehistoric times.
Thanks for joining me on this journey, and more to come.