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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
[framed masked face floating above wavy landscape receding into distance]

[framed masked face floating above wavy landscape receding into distance]

Date: January 1994
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: Depth is achieved by the diminishing scale of purple wavy lines atop green straight verticals. Floating to the right is a multi-shade brown frame, again with the illusion of depth and inside is a masked face.
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
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
[dark blue silk yardage]

[dark blue silk yardage]

Date: 1991~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The yardage of dyed silk includes vertical blue and brown stripes with circular shapes that resemble eyes or wood knots covering the yardage.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

[frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

Date: 1986
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The blue sky is filled with wispy clouds, a ladder reaches from the lower edge of the work to the top edge. Two frame shapes reach from the outer edges of the work to the center creating depth. Behind the frames shapes are green wavy canyons.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[dyed silk yardage]

[dyed silk yardage]

Date: 1991~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: Silk yardage dyed in vertical linear patterns of oranges, greens, reds, and browns spotted with circular shapes resembling eyes or knots in wood.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[detail view of frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

[detail view of frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

Date: 1986
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: None
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
[circles, squares, and horizontal lines floating]

[circles, squares, and horizontal lines floating]

Date: 1990~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Description: The horizontal predominately blue and muted gray fabric artwork includes shiny circles, squares with horizons, and groups of parallel lines that float through the space of the artwork.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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