CARSYN OSIECKI


Relations
Ceramic, oil, acrylic
26 x 18 inches
2018


Self Portrait
Ceramic, oil, acrylic
21 x 11 inches
2018


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Mom
Ceramic, oil, acrylic
13 x 14 inches
2018


Dad
Ceramic, oil, acrylic
11 x 15 inches
2018


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Untitled
Ceramic
Left:16 x 6 x 6 inches,  Right:10 x 6 x 6 inches
2018


ARTIST STATEMENT

This series involves my interest in portraiture through color, structure and form. My work combines the three-dimensionality of ceramics and the two-dimensionality of painting into a cohesive series. I create painted portraits on a ceramic sculptural wall piece and thrown ceramic vases with face-like forms. By painting directly onto a piece of bisque-fired stoneware, I use an unconventional substrate that is unlike the flat surface, moving away from the normal two-dimensional canvas or paper.
Clay is a malleable material, which allows me to activate space into a sculptural form. The painted forms are organic and natural, emulating the clay material itself. I use bisque fired stoneware as a substrate, which means the clay has been fired only once. I then I apply gesso onto the surface. After that, I use oil paint to create my imagery.

It became so interesting to me how every person has similar skeletal structure, but on the outside we all appear different from the subtle nuances of our facial features. No two people look the same, but we are all made up of the same bone structure. I became inspired to look even further to uncover the many colors in the shadows and highlights of a human face. With my portraits, I exaggerate the many colors within each of our skin tones to demonstrate to the viewer just how colorful and different each individual can be.

www.carsynosiecki.com

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