So one may ask “Why clay? Why not just draw these images on paper, or on the actual objects?” One way of explaining my building aesthetic would be a form of trompe l’oeil with a twist. In using clay to transform my depicted common household/consumer items, I am again playing with the notion that things are not what they initially seem to be. Additionally, I care about the object being referenced and recognizable while maintaining my illustrative quality that is essential in completing the narratives and messages within the object.
Link to Shalene Valenzuela’s website and portfolio.