Dreams in Clay: Creating Personal Mythology in the South of France
Dates: 9 September – 20 September, 2019
During this 12-day intensive workshop we will be inspired by and immersed in the beautiful environment of French Riviera. The 12 days will be comprised of both studio time and relevant excursions. Historical sites such as ancient Roman ruins and medieval chapels, as well as daily Mediterranean life, will be investigated and explored. Every day will begin with a demonstration of different hand-building techniques, as well as surface treatments. The ceramic surface will be approached as a canvas; slips, underglazes and the sgraffito technique will be applied to create vibrant, dynamic surfaces of visual storytelling. Dikareva will work with students to help them develop personal iconography, symbols and forms that are significant and meaningful. Students are encouraged to bring their sketchbooks and use them for brainstorming sculpture ideas. We also will be creating maquettes--small-scale models of sculptures--to develop surface ideas. Participants will come away with work that reflects their own unique experience and a deeper understanding of the clay process and the place of creation. This is a perfect place to soak in the scenic wonders of the Riviera, savor the Mediterranean way of life, and channel your creativity!
Included: Weekday lunch, materials and firing
About the Artist
Natasha Dikareva was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine and studied art in St. Petersburg, Russia during the hey-day of Soviet power. The genre of Soviet realism permeated Dikareva's young creative life. The narrow standard of approved art inadvertently pushed Dikareva to develop her own symbolic language. Dikareva immigrated to Minneapolis, USA and received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Currently she lives and works in San Francisco, California. In 2012 she won the Grand Prize at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. She exhibited at the Shanghai Art Expo, and exhibits at galleries across Europe and the USA. Her work is featured in various publications, including 500 Prints on Clay and New Ceramics European magazine, and is held in public and private collections.
Dikareva's clay sculptures bring to life surreal, exquisitely formed human figures which often morph into other biological forms such as birds, fish and trees. Humans and other living creatures are united in the experience of life. Dikareva's latest work develops during an intensively introspective process, confronting the uncertainty of physical security. The recent body of work reflects a concern with current events and an imagined biological response to a world that has been decimated by industrialization, war and pandemic. New life springs from shells which have survived the collapse, offering a sense of optimism and possibility, providing a sanctuary from the adverse effects of an over-industrialized world.