Huling, Luke Title: Molted Mindset IV
Huling, Luke Title: Molted Mindset IV
Huling, Luke Title: Molted Mindset IV
  • Huling, Luke Title: Molted Mindset IV
  • Huling, Luke Title: Molted Mindset IV
  • Huling, Luke Title: Molted Mindset IV

Huling, Luke Title: Molted Mindset IV

$2,600.00

 

Second Place Award Winner

Luke Huling

Molted Mindset IV

Stoneware, Glaze, Underglaze

18 x 15 x 15"

$2600


Like all crustaceans, lobsters grow inside their shell and eventually become too confined and must molt. With this work I am inspired by this regenerative process and pair it with the human form to ponder if mental strife can be intrinsic to mental growth.


Artist Statement:

My work focuses on emotional facades and questions the implications of a disguised self. I am intrigued with the ease and routine nature of stretching the truth in terms of how some present their personal identities, emotions, and afflictions. I see this act of suppression in myself and others and often wonder if it is a unique personal quirk, or if it is simply innate. Through research on human behavior, I grapple with the idea that being more authentic could lead to stronger interpersonal relationships while also acknowledging that some things are best left unspoken. It is my goal to depict these mannerisms in an earnest way with the occasional touch of dark humor. My work is actualized using solid building techniques and stiff slabs of clay. While I sculpt my figures representationally, I often place them in situations that are more delusive. I like pushing the limits of the medium and enjoy spending tedious amounts of time measuring tiny bits of clay to achieve my intended texture. The use of repetition and multiples is frequent in many of my pieces and helps me to create chaotic environments around each figure. With each series I may find symbolism in a variety of forms, colors, and texture but my interest in emotional facades seems to persist.

Collection: Ceramic Show “Nature & Coalescence” Exhibition

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