This is one of my first video editing attempts, so please forgive the technical shortcomings:
This was a performance on October 5, 2011 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theater in Augusta, GA. It was part of the Westobou Festival. Carl Purdy and I collaborated to make a performance that combined art and music. Carl wrote the music, I made the sculpture, and we collaborated on making some sculptures that were playable as instruments.
Thanks to Sarah Barney Fletcher for taking these photos. Thanks to Rob Foster (flute and shakuhachi),Elizabeth Grant (soprano), Larry Millen (keyboard), Don Cleary (percussion and keyboard), Travis Shaw (bass) for playing with us. Thanks to the Porter Fleming Foundation for a helpful grant. Thanks to the Santa Fe Art Institute for an artist's residency that helped me think and make some of these objects. Thanks to Santa Fe Clay for providing firing access for some of the clay work. Thanks to the Augusta State University Music Department for sponsoring the performance.
This was our first performance of this type. Now the question is, where do we go from here?
Carl Purdy and I are starting to work on a performance for the Westobou Festival. It's called Hums & Oms: Performing Sculpture, and it will involve sculpture on a stage, sculpture that can be played like a musical instrument - and musicians playing compositions by Carl. Here you can see that Spike has noticed me looking intently at my sketchbook while drawing and thinking. It looks like he's absorbing the power of the sketchbook.
Here I'm beginning to build large vessel forms. After the final firing, strings will be attached between the vessels so that we can play them - maybe with bass or cello bows.
Some of the wet clay vessels at full height, ready for carving. Small holes will soon be cut; the strings will be attached through the holes.
Carved pots, halfway dry. Note the small holes.
The first firing is complete. The works in front have a coating of glaze; they are ready for the second firing.
After the glaze firing. Size: about 2 feet high.
Another one finished.
And a third one. There will be 8 in all.
Priscilla Hollingsworth, artist.