AA2A Artist

Maja Novak

Artform:
Sculptor working with clay and organic matter
Year:
2023-24
Location:
Leeds
Influences:
nature, environment, eccology, changes in the ecosystems
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Project summary:

 

The working title of my project is ‘The way water travels’.

I have been a long time interested in how water shapes stones, pathways, surfaces and land.

Fascination with clay in all forms, made me explore different stages of soil, earth, minerals, organic matter, water, mud and fire. My work often explores the tactile qualities of experimental working with natural materials, and how the process itself can be used in contributing towards communities' wellbeing, care and sense of presence through grounding.

 

My work will be expressed through sculptural / ceramics pieces, exploring how water chooses its paths to move forward and how can we choose the path forward to embody practical and effective changes in our perception and relationship to nature and each other.

 

Practical work is inspired by personal experience, observation and study of ecosystems, storytelling, organic matter and study into the biology of water.

 

Ceramic surfaces of vessels would be formed in a way that allows the water to travel in unexpected ways – just as it travels with its power of movement when the soil becomes too wet to keep its moisture and lifts, floods and destroys.

 

I am making sculptural pieces, and vessels and most likely create potentially interactive installations, inspired by my research into the travel of water.

 

I hope to be able to gather clay from local places and explore the possibilities of using natural resources without a production line.

 

 

It is very important to me to keep a diary of my research, as the process itself is cruical to me – ‘The process is the sculpture’ is one of the beliefs I have established throughout my practice, and I often expose it in my work.

 

I believe that using hands to create, make, destroy and re-create is one of the primal acts of humanity. My continuous interest in the primal and what makes us humans results in informative bodies of work, that offer an alternative solution for healing of the planet, wellbeing and change – through simple practices such as making, moving, sharing and building.

 

 

The working title of my project is ‘The way water travels’.

I have been a long time interested in how water shapes stones, pathways, surfaces and land.

Fascination with clay in all forms, made me explore different stages of soil, earth, minerals, organic matter, water, mud and fire. My work often explores the tactile qualities of experimental working with natural materials, and how the process itself can be used in contributing towards communities' wellbeing, care and sense of presence through grounding.

 

My work will be expressed through sculptural / ceramics pieces, exploring how water chooses its paths to move forward and how can we choose the path forward to embody practical and effective changes in our perception and relationship to nature and each other.

 

Practical work is inspired by personal experience, observation and study of ecosystems, storytelling, organic matter and study into the biology of water.

 

Ceramic surfaces of vessels would be formed in a way that allows the water to travel in unexpected ways – just as it travels with its power of movement when the soil becomes too wet to keep its moisture and lifts, floods and destroys.

 

I am making sculptural pieces, and vessels and most likely create potentially interactive installations, inspired by my research into the travel of water.

 

I hope to be able to gather clay from local places and explore the possibilities of using natural resources without a production line.

 

 

It is very important to me to keep a diary of my research, as the process itself is cruical to me – ‘The process is the sculpture’ is one of the beliefs I have established throughout my practice, and I often expose it in my work.

 

I believe that using hands to create, make, destroy and re-create is one of the primal acts of humanity. My continuous interest in the primal and what makes us humans results in informative bodies of work, that offer an alternative solution for healing of the planet, wellbeing and change – through simple practices such as making, moving, sharing and building.

 

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