"Assemblage" is the 3-D version of "collage”. "Found object fragments," "discards," or "throwaways" (artist's work to look at: Schwitters, Cornell, Rauschenberg, Bearden, etc.).

These things are organized by their specific elements. The resulting groups are then arranged into compositions of art.

Extending to many cultures of people living in family, religious, work, and various other groups; We could be viewed as a complex living version of "assemblage”(Webster 1. a group of persons or things gathered or collected).

We have “found” each other by chance; either by blood, common goals, or a certain chemistry. These connections help to formulate new ideas, innovations, and even new generations. John Anderson

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Scott Ziegler Ceramic Artist and teacher

Scott Ziegler Ceramic Artist/Instructor at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana
I would like to introduce Scott Ziegler. I am well acquainted with Scott; we taught together for 8 years and remain good friends. He is a committed family man, a driven artist, and a successful teacher. 
His ceramic sculptures are carefully hand carved with pain staking, dimensional detail, intricately painted imagery, and a combination of realism with animated characteristics. His figures are innovative inventions directly from his own thoughts and expressive of his own experience.
On his website he gives a statement about his work: 
“Through my art, I provide an introspective look into my past... As a child in a dysfunctional family, rooted in alcohol addiction, I experienced years of... abuse...”” I have to explore [my] past to break free from its constraints.”” Each piece is symbolic of the truth I discover and the healing it provides.”
Many of us have had some level of experience with difficulties throughout our lives by people we have loved or admired. It is especially difficult when they are in a position of power or control over us while young, vulnerable, and impressionable.
One of the biggest problems in our schools involve “bullying”. Scott’s statement points out what students may be suffering at home with adults or siblings; and at school with their peers. Scott has created his own remedy through his art; others have not been so fortunate.
Scott has demonstrated “risk-taking” in revealing a deeply personal issue in his life as an effort to help himself and others. There is no one panacea to any problem of this magnitude, but a multitude of right minded people performing small, significant gestures of good will in the aid of others. JA

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