Creek Minnows Dancing and Darting
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16" x 13" x 14"
DescriptionClay is very flexible until it dries and then it no longer can change shape. I love to capture the moments of flexibility and fluidity of form before the drying process begins. This piece is about those moments. It is also about memories of my days spent in the Bemus Creek pool that was at the bottom of our field at my childhood home. We would swim and sometimes just stand in the water watching the minnows coming up and darting at our legs taking little nips and dancing away through the water. My childhood was idyllic, and I often reach back into those times for inspiration for my current, somewhat autobiographic work. Clay has been my muse for over 45 years - even longer because I used to dig it out of the creek sides to just play with it without instruction as a young child. So many memories go into this piece. Nature and water - what a great combination for summer joy!
About this Artist
Audrey Kay Dowling
I was raised in Western New York in the country with the woods, fields and creeks on fifty acres of cradling and nurturing land that instructed me in the ways and rhythms of the natural world. Those same woods, hills, fields, and creeks flow through my mind along with beautiful singing birds and flowers of all kinds. When I was fourteen, my parents made a major job change and I moved with them to New York City for summers and school vacations. During this time, I acquainted myself with city life in the sixties by riding the subway daily to discover the art scene and all the excitement it had to offer. A few years later, I headed up the Hudson River and earned my art education degree from SUNY New Paltz. During the next thirty years, I got married and taught school. My husband and I built our own…View Full Artist Bio