Playworks Plastiline Artworks & Clay Paintings
This series of works play with the discovery and abstraction of the figure, using the texturally soft and informal medium of plastiline clay. We depict our cartoon heroes, pop culture icons, mass media, and memes that affect us daily. The purpose of this is to expand our emotional consciousness and return us to relational aesthetics, connecting us to ourselves and each other. We reach into our psyche and play with those memories that shape who we are.
Our plastiline artworks were first shown in a solo booth at Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) art fair in January 2018 with The Pit, then included in a group show, “Clay Today” at The Hole NYC in April 2018, and then in “Flashpoint: An Intersection of History, Perseverance, and Joy” curated by Joyce Varvatos in July 2018. Then a new body of work, “Playworks: The Golden Age” was exhibited at Arsham/Fieg Gallery NYC in November 2018. Newer, large-scale works have recently shown at NSU Art Museum in Ft. Lauderdale as part of the “Happy!” exhibition from October 2019 to October 2020, curated by Bonnie Clearwater, and at Dallas Contemporary from January to March 2020, curated by Peter Doroshenko.
As emotional objects, these new sculptures allow us to reimagine our childhood mythology and the cultural archetypes that have given shape to the language of pop culture. The series offer a reflection of our world in its beauty as well as its ugly reality.