Along the River's Edge
Paula Cooley, Saskatoon
Along the River’s Edge, was inspired by my walks along the South Saskatchewan River. I wanted to depict nature’s energy and flow: the breeze on my skin, the sway of prairie grasses, the clouds in the sky, and the currents in the river. I hand built an organic form then decorated it by literally scratching its surface, a technique known as sgraffito. This method of decoration involves applying a layer of contrasting colour to a clay surface and then removing the top colour to expose the underlying clay. Incising into the surface of Along the River’s Edge allowed me to reveal an image of prairie grasses, complemented by a background of lively marks and textures suggesting the wind, the river, and/or the sky. This gestural method of mark making also highlights, that in a world of increasingly machine-made objects, Along the River’s Edge, has been crafted, scratch by scratch, by a person.
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Materials: Stoneware clay, slip.
Technique: Hand built, incised, fired to ^6 Ox.
Dimensions: 41 x 12 x 9 cm