Cary Loving: Thicket
Helena Davis Gallery
June 24 - July 17, 2005
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cary loving: statement
InThicket the spare handmade organic forms evoke a quiet poetic mood. Beneath the stillness, however, is an enigmatic compressed narrative that raises questions about what is taking place. The use of ambiguity, abstraction and metaphor allow the work an open interpretation.
This series began with the investigation of a kind of basket form and the idea of how a woven structure keeps in some things while letting others out. After making a number of experimental pieces, I realized the form could be envisioned as a thicket, a wild place which might be entered or exited at will, or a place of entrapment.
For me, understanding the meaning of my work takes time. I get a sense of what might be happening as the work evolves. That's probably the most exciting part - to see the meaning start to surface and reveal itself. For that to happen, I have to work intuitively, very unselfconsciously, so that there is an authenticity and honesty to the work. This is an inside-out process. There is a strong connection between my hands working directly in clay or paint and a deep uncensored part of me. My best work comes from that place and that process of the handmade in connection with the unconscious.
Ultimately, the idea of the thicket came to represent more to me than just a physical place. It took on the possibility of a psychological or emotional state, a personal thicket that we each carry with us.