What is "ART" if it doesn't arouse strong emotion from the viewer?

I have a passion to express strength, grace, motion, rhythm, and beauty in a format that embodies those qualities. When I look at an object, I am also assessing its 3-dimensional aspects, and noting relationships and rhythms between different parts. While working on a new project, I live, sleep and breathe each problem with the piece until it is resolved.  When the piece finally comes alive in my hands, I experience a natural high!

I will always want to challenge myself by creating pieces that express movement and power, in order to tug at the emotions of my audience.

I work in the mediums of both water- and oil-based clays. I use water-based clay because it is smooth and sensual and pliable to work with. recreating a picture with three-dimensional effect from a mound of clay is exhilarating! When I fire the completed work, I have a wonderful sense of taking the piece from start to completion within my own studio.

Large, more complex statuary requires armatures and oil-based clay. Since I also want to express my passion with 3-dimensional figures, I use the oil-based clay to create a piece which is then cast and finished, under my close supervision, at the foundry. It is such wonder when that lifeless lump of clay comes alive!  I can hear the hoof beats as the horse gallops through the viewer's imagination!

When choosing subject matter, I look for topics that offer me the chance to express symmetry, balance, rhythm, and motion, as well as beauty. My subject matter comes from my own imagination. I have always been an animal lover, and I have always been fascinated with the grace, beauty, and strength of true athletes. Racehorses, for example, are a favorite subject of mine and I will continue to create subjects from the racetrack.  

My favorite tool is a kitchen paring knife - because almost all that needs to be expressed in the clay can be expressed with slices and angles made by that knife.

Taking an idea from my imagination through the foundry process is so very much like conceiving a child. That is what art is about. Creating life where there was only clay before. There is beauty and symmetry everywhere out there, waiting to be captured and celebrated.

--Margaret Drake 

Margaret lives on a ranch near Glen Rose, Texas, and has been around horses most of her life. After retiring from the pharmaceutical industry in 2008, she devoted herself to a year of studying sculpting portraiture under sculptor Art Blevins. After that, she focused on figurative art, studying under master sculptors such as Lincoln Fox, Rod Zulo, and Bruno Lucchesi at Scottsdale Artist's School.

She works with both water- and oil-based clays, and creates realistic figures of the athletic human form, horses and other animals. She also works with earthenware clay to produce three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional reliefs on tile.

Her work has been accepted into juried competitions such as the Bosque Art Classic with Judge Tony Altermann, and the Art Center of Estes Park’s “Lines into Shapes” show. She is an Associate member of The National Sculpture Society, and a member of Texas Artists Coalition.

Her next show will be at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center for the month of November, 2012, with the opening reception on November 9.

Her pieces are represented at The White Buffalo Gallery in Glen Rose, Texas; http://www.thewhitebuffalogallery.com/, and now are also featured at Portfolio in Fort Worth, Texas, www.portfoliofw.com

 
 

 

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