Christine Federighi- "The clay figure form has been constant to my work for ten years. It has served as a vehicle for carving and layering painted narrative patterns. In many ways it relates to a potter decorating and designing images on a pot. I think of the American Indian potters of Acoma Pueblo or the Hopi potters in their wrapping of symbolic and narrative forms around traditional shapes."

 
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Artist Statement

The clay figure form has been constant to my work for ten years. It has served as a vehicle for carving and layering painted narrative patterns. In many ways it relates to a potter decorating and designing images on a pot. I think of the American Indian potters of Acoma Pueblo or the Hopi potters in their wrapping of symbolic and narrative forms around traditional shapes.

My patterns are images and symbols that have reference to places, situations or experiences in my life. I organize the shapes in a floating composition that wrap each figure form. They are somewhat enigmatic and visually poetic. The images might refer to mountain landscapes of the Western United States, where I spend my summers or the tropical foliage and leaf forms of my Florida residence. Other symbols such as the spiral ( infinity form), furrowed water forms, house shapes and stair sections have been introduced and used to continue the personal narrative and journal. They also become part of the moving composition that wraps each figure. It is a man and nature or man and experience reference.

American Indian Art and Tribal Art of all cultures has always held my interest. I appreciate these artists's skills with material, their connection to nature and the spiritual, their sense of design and narrative. I also enjoy the work of contemporary artists whose work seems to reflect tribal influences.

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