|To Lips velvet, brass, porcelain, mirror 2019 by April Martin|
The six vitrines push out of the wall into the hallway and transform it from a place of making (studios) to made (galleries). I thought about them as their own worlds, next to one another but with completely different atmospheres. All of them feel hot to me, but different kinds of hot. I like imagining opening a kiln in the middle of a firing and seeing the glaze move in ways you do not get to witness.
|Romance Portal brass, wax 2019 by April Martin|
In regard to Romance Portal, somewhere in my thinking I became obsessed with the idea of a giant wax chandelier. I also thought about the lost wax process of sculpture and how it veils the fact that the metallic positives we see actually grew out of a suspended moment in wax. I encouraged my first ceramics class to make the tiniest fixings for a Barbie banquet because working small with clay teaches you how your hands react to the wet/dry phenomenon that is ceramics.
I made the tiny beeswax candles on my stove.
|Ideal Solution pewter, cobalt carbonate fired to quartz inversion, earthenware 2019 by April Martin|
I was looking for a solution to keep the ceramic standing up and pewter became my ideal solution, a low fired heavy metal to balance the face I saw in the clay. Knowing that embedded in its metallic shine is a chemical that has been used to blacken eyes for beauty, it felt fitting for me to insert cobalt experiments here, as that black area was achieved unintentionally.
|Brightening Visibly copper, wool, carbon fiber 2018 by April Martin|
The most recent example of my dad exclaiming his personal idiom (the title for this piece) was when a thrift store near our family cottage was discovered. “April just found out there is a Salvation Army in the closest town?! ... Brightening Visibly!”
“Brightening Visibly!” is a poetic reaction to how smiles take over the shape of one’s face. Is a smile bright? It’s definitely a form of communication, often the simplest way to answer a question, and also a more animal response, it beats your brain and tongue to the words that may actually not fit with this visible sheen.
|Rising Libra fired and unfired cobalt carbonate, clay 2019 by April Martin|
Rising Libra sounds hotter though. This is a simple structure but the work it’s doing is the most palpable. It’s balancing and it’s fragile and if it fell and broke there would be pink and blue dust everywhere and it would be annoying to clean up but that’s kind of the worst of it.
|Snek Out neon, earthenware, unfired cobalt carbonate 2019 by April Martin|
Lara who lives in LA but is Dutch helped me with the title. We were talking about Snakes, Snacks, Sneks and Slung. I like that snek isn’t really an English word, it’s some form of sneaking and snucking and again it feels like a movement that comes from inside.
|To Lips velvet, brass, porcelain, mirror 2019 by April Martin (detail)|
My niece whispered “little bit of romance” to me across my parents dining room table on my birthday.
More about this exhibition on Judy's Journal.