It is, but it isn’t… It is reality, or is it a representation of reality? To a casual observer, this piece appears as a cardboard box of spilled trash including a partially completed crossword puzzle, old newspaper clippings, a book, some nails, buttons, a walnut, etc. In reality, the box and it’s contents were created in porcelain clay slabs – manipulated, molded, printed upon, and assembled into a still life to represent a stolen moment in time.
Put simply, trompe l’oeil is the art of illusion. It is a game artists play with spectators to raise questions about the nature of art and perception. Clay inspires the viewer to interact with the pieces – to touch them, to feel their texture.
If you were to touch the hand-built box, you would feel three delicate layers of clay slabs assembled to create the corrugation. The illusion of each of the paper objects was created by using antique blocks and handmade stamps to place images onto porcelain slabs. Color was applied using underglaze velvets, watercolors, underglaze pencils, and ink.
What you feel if you dare to touch… It is not what you see…