The biomorphic hybridized forms I create are constructed from white earthenware ceramics, airbrushed acrylics and occasionally an added mixed media element. Having a strong interest in the Surrealist movement, particularly the works of Hans Arp and the contemporary ceramic work of Ken Price, Ron Nagle, and Kathy Butterly, I strive to continue making work within this tradition of the finish fetish object.
Through the use of flowing organic bulbous forms, color and pattern choices, I hope to create works which are stunning, alluring, mysterious, sensuous and layered with deeper meanings. Ambiguity of form united with an interesting surface treatment has been the hallmark of my work since 1993. Often there is an underlying veiled contemporary issue reflected within the work. Viewers have used the words; otherworldly, animated, whimsical and cartoony to describe my work. The word illusion has also been mentioned, when they state, how can something so hard appear to look so soft?
Every object starts out as a drawing, is then slab built, smoothed, carved, refined through a three step laborious sanding process, fired, post fire sanded again, cleaned, airbrushed, signed and then sealed. One of my goals has been the merger of painting and sculpting as one united whole, at the same time expressing ideas and concepts pertaining to life in general. My goal is to play a part as contemporary ceramics continues to metamorphosis from the genre of Fine Craft to Fine Art.
Steven L. Gorman