Sara Lisch, figurative ceramic sculpture

Much of my work is floating in the uncharted waters of the inner narrative. Interpersonal dynamics between people and their complicated relationships within themselves lead me to a visual conversation of the complexities of the human psyche. Universal themes such as love, sorrow, hope and irony are used to navigate and reflect the many facets of existence. Animal symbolism is often integrated into my work suggesting a primal connection either with oneself or as a vehicle to describe a deeper level of consciousness. My creative inspiration comes from the world around me intersecting with my essential nature. I might find an object, read a poem, or overhear a fleeting conversation between two disparate people that plants a seed in my unconscious. This seed germinates and grows into an internal allegory that I use to illuminate my pieces. My work strives to encapsulate the human experience and amplify the context by layering symbols and using the human form as a window into the unconscious.

My newest work is about the emotional landscape of adolescence, a time when everything has shifted and life feels both limitless and limited in the same breath. My figures are living in various worlds at the same time, the known, the altered, and the imagined. Each piece in the series has elements of hope and desire coupled with the fear and uncertainty of what the future will bring.

This collection seeks to capture that moment in our lives when we are standing at the forest’s edge.

My work is hand built using low fire clay. It is low fired to cone 04. The surface is then painted with patinas and acrylic paints.
Sara Lisch
Jan 31, 2015

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