The work of Christyl Boger and the narrative figure

Christyl Boger, Chymical Object, 2001. (Photo by Linda Cordell)

"Often our shared cultural behavior seems like the most fragile and vulnerable of veneers. In my ceramic figures, the glazed surface becomes defensively decorated human skin, a cultural camouflage that is as fragile and brittle as glass." C. Boger ~ (from the book The Figure in Clay, by Lark Ceramics)



I have been researching figurative sculptors, trying to understand better their building process. I have concentrated my research in fellow women artists, obviously because we all have a connection somehow, at least it seems so to me. Women that work the female figure in clay, I think have an advantage over men. We know our bodies, we know its aches and pains, and how it felt when we were young, and how the laws of gravity and aging are hurting our vanity.

I love Christyl Boger work. Her building technique is gorgeous. But, it is  the way she juxtaposes her glazes with classic designed decals of the flora and fauna that makes them so special.  Her finishing technique metamorphoses her classical figures into what she calls a "private drama within the wider theater of social expectations". So not only are her pieces beautiful, they make you think, which is what good art work should do.

I want to be as good an artist some day, even if it means I will reach my goal when I turn 80 years old. Hopefully it will be sooner than that.