Surfacing the Void

Surfacing the Void

Date: May 2002
Creator: Williamson, Melanie L.
Description: Surfacing the Void is an exploration of surface design in relationship to the topic of voids. For the purpose of this paper, two types of void were addressed: shelters and hulls. The theme behind the sculptural works dealt with negative spaces as an analogy for the voids in people's lives. The goal was to find a way for the surfaces to elicit an emotional response from the viewer that correlates to the impression of either shelter or hull. Keeping this in mind, each experiment was approached with how to best represent the meaning of void being manifested. Imagery was applied during different states of the clay: wet, dry, and fired. Methods of exploration included texturing, drawing, stenciling, stamping, incising, decoupage and covering the surfaces with textiles.
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[handmade paper and silkscreen on cotton velveteen artwork]

[handmade paper and silkscreen on cotton velveteen artwork]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: This detail view of the artwork shows the geometric shapes that float through the atmospheric landscape. The colors are in the dull pink, muted blues and beige ranges. Deep space is depicted with mountainous shapes reaching into water.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[full moon in front of grids]

[full moon in front of grids]

Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The majority of the artwork consists of a large moon shape in a gradation from white to blue. This moon is situated in front of a brown horizontal grid pattern and from the moon shape hang cotton tapes.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[handmade paper on silk artwork]

[handmade paper on silk artwork]

Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: This detail view of the artwork shows the texture of the handmade paper in strips and geometric shapes. The background silk consists of images of cloud forms and geometric structural type lines that echo the handmade paper shapes.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[ribbon through the grid circles]

[ribbon through the grid circles]

Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: A red ribbon floats through and connects a series of circles within which are grid patterns. Also floating through the space are several pale rectangular shapes. the work is horizontally situated as is the movement of the ribbon. The colors are muted blues, purples, pinks and red.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
Daybreak

Daybreak

Date: 1985~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally placed artwork depicts a rectangular frame shape floating in the upper portion of the image. Receding into the distance are parallel horizontal lines created from textured paper in blues and browns. A vertical ladder shape is in the middle ground next to some silhouette gray geometric shapes reminiscent of buildings.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
The Light from a Shoji Window

The Light from a Shoji Window

Date: 1985~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontally arranged artwork depicts a circle in the foreground left corner and window grid type images in the middle and background. A pale gray stair image dominates the central portion of the composition.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[handmade paper bowl]

[handmade paper bowl]

Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The bowl shape constructed of handmade paper is decorated by floating geometric shapes and muted pinks, oranges, blues, grays and browns.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[handmade paper art]

[handmade paper art]

Date: 1983~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The detail view of the handmade paper piece consists of several floating oval shapes and some colored string moving in a loose horizontally direction. The colors are light and muted from pale pinks to grays and purples.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[handmade paper on silk artwork]

[handmade paper on silk artwork]

Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: This horizontally arranged artwork consists of both geometric and ribbon shapes floating through the space from side to side. Frame shapes move at different angles and are connected by stripes in the background and two reddish ribbons weaving through the geometric shapes.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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