Maria Moyer: Field Notes
LA-based Sculptor Maria Moyer presents “Field Notes” – a new body of work exploring patterns that appear at all levels of nature from the microscopic to the celestial. However, unlike a scientist’s notes and drawings made in the field to record and measure observable phenomena, she is not trying to represent nature. Her work creates a personal vocabulary to express the absurd beauty and genius of the natural world, including her place in it.
All of the works showcased are ceramic – stoneware and custom-colored porcelain. Moyer employs traditional hand-building techniques as she wants to leave traces of her touch, however clumsy and imperfect. The glazes developed for “Field Notes,” are used more as a structural elements than as a surface treatment. Coined “clayze” instead of glaze, she shapes the glaze by hand to give it a nudge in the direction she wants it to melt. The stoneware surface treatment is called “terra sigilatta,” which uses slip then cracks in to capillaries during firing and making a topographical statement.
Feature image: Maria Moyer, Fieldnotes Trio, pigmented porcelain, glaze