Constance McBride presents her portfolio of ceramic sculpture, which makes a series of statements on society and the human condition. Visit her website to see more fascinating work.
I am intrigued by what makes us tick; why we make the choices we do and how they impact us. I’ve been drawing the human figure ever since I can remember. It is endlessly challenging but it’s what I love drawing the most.
When I first started sculpting the figure I made work inspired by models. One male model I worked with was a military veteran just back from a tour in Iraq. The piece Will There Ever Be Peace was inspired by his story.
Female models expressed feelings about their bodies through their poses. I was impressed by their confidence and couldn’t help thinking about feelings I had towards my body. I’m digging deep to understand them.
It seems the burden of growing up with a beautiful mother is a big influence and is driving the direction of my work. All of a sudden, I am older. I don’t feel older but something has happened; I’ve become a target for fountain of youth marketers offering solutions to the problem of aging. The piece Gravity Accepted is my response to them.
My focus shifted to my mother when I became aware of her struggle with dementia. She is in the last stage of her life and it’s a challenge to watch her decline. My mother and her roommates in assisted living were the inspiration for The Lonely Girls series.
The works Every Breath You Take and Every Move You Make were completed for a group exhibition titled Family Portraits: the Demography of Us. Inspiration came from the idea that we are all walking around like open books. The internet and social media provide opportunities to convey experiences and gather information but engaging comes with a price. Our privacy is being invaded but we are willingly handing it over to anyone who wants it just by “liking” something or “checking in” somewhere.
The work titled Name Dropper was created for an exhibition titled Consumerism. Like the open book concept, in this case, people have become walking billboards for fashion and sports companies selling ever more expensive goods.
Working primarily with paper clay and rolled out slabs, the work is built hollow or formed by pressing clay into handmade molds and then sculpting the surface. I kiln fire pieces two to three times. Surface treatments include stains, glazes, paint, pastels, decals and other materials to add dimension.
My goal is to create a cohesive body of work by following my instincts and using my own story as inspiration. I hope my work touches the viewer in a thought provoking way.