DAVE CLAY

The Figure

The figure is us, a representation of who we are - not just physically but emotionally. It acts as a visual cue connecting a participant to the emotional reality of being human. The textures and absences of the form are visual elements, part of the experience, or the reflection of experience.

My figures are not characters.

All the marks and colors and textures that envelope the figure build up into something that’s more than the sum of its parts.

To use a metaphor, like quantum entaglement, each individual mark or color is connected to all others, and it’s the connections between them that sum up to the entire state of the piece that communicate something. The individual parts don’t mean something - that red is not blood, the X drawn there isn’t some statement. They build up into an experience.


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