27.10.11

Landscape Ceramics: Wayne Higby

Flat Rock Fall, 1979
Landscape Bowl, 1980
Temple's Gate Pass, 1988
Josiah's Canyon, 1981




















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Wayne Higby, b. 1943 in Colorado Springs, uses ceramics as a vehicle for his imagery, as opposed to as functional objects; the vessels provide a very tangible space for the images to exist.   He interweaves recognisable monuments in west coast american landscapes with what feels more like imagined space.  Vast openness is interrupted by impressive mountains and cliff edges.   'I strive to establish a zone of quiet coherence - a place full of silent, empty space where finite and infinite, intimate and immense intersect.'  Micro elements of rock formation and cliff faces sit alongside a more general view of abstract space and colour.

'My sense of self is intertwined with a feeling and longing for space and colour and light.  Like an ancient chinese landscape painter I often seek out empty space.  This is evident in my choice of the large ceramic bowl form as a vehicle for expression.  Although the imagery I use is not always specifically tied to the West, the impulse to use landscape as a means of expression is most certainly part of a personal identity established in early childhood and brought slowly into the light of the present.

I am concerned with landscape imagery as a focal point of meditation.  Space both real and implied is of upmost importance.  I strive to establish a zone of quiet coherence - a place full of silent empty space where finite and infinite, intimate and immense intersect.  The material and immaterial oscillate.  In combination they become the alchemical philosopher's stone.  Perhaps psyche and matter are the same.'

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