Portrait of Octavia Butler, detail, 2017  clay, steel, paint, Xenogenesis  72 x 20 x 20"

Portrait of Octavia Butler, detail, 2017

clay, steel, paint, Xenogenesis

72 x 20 x 20"

 Portrait of Octavia Butler, detail, 2017  clay, steel, paint, Xenogenesis  72 x 20 x 20"

Portrait of Octavia Butler, detail, 2017

clay, steel, paint, Xenogenesis

72 x 20 x 20"

 Portrait of Octavia Butler, detail, 2017  clay, steel, paint, Xenogenesis  72 x 20 x 20"

Portrait of Octavia Butler, detail, 2017

clay, steel, paint, Xenogenesis

72 x 20 x 20"

 Study for Portrait of Octavia Butler,  2017  woodfired stoneware  9 x 7 x 6"     Octavia Butler was my first portrait because her science fiction novels often introduced alien intelligence, sometimes literally, into the human psyche forcing it to expand. Butler explored non hierarchical social and familial relationships that are actively invested in symbiosis. She invented aliens and monsters who want to improve human's lives, health and abilities and from whom we would learn much,  but whose differences repulse us so much we resist them and their gifts.  

Study for Portrait of Octavia Butler,  2017

woodfired stoneware

9 x 7 x 6"

 

Octavia Butler was my first portrait because her science fiction novels often introduced alien intelligence, sometimes literally, into the human psyche forcing it to expand. Butler explored non hierarchical social and familial relationships that are actively invested in symbiosis. She invented aliens and monsters who want to improve human's lives, health and abilities and from whom we would learn much,  but whose differences repulse us so much we resist them and their gifts.  

 study for Vandana Shiva in progress,  august 2017

study for Vandana Shiva in progress,  august 2017