Artist's statement

Full Artist's statement

Polymer clay is a man-made substance that begins as blocks of solid-colored clay-like material that does not require water to become soft.  I find it intriguing because, unlike clay from the earth, polymer clay comes in colors that can be blended just like blending paint.  That is, mixing together blue and yellow polymer clay yields green clay.  Also, polymer clay bakes at 265 degrees rather than in a high-temperature kiln.  Like many polymer clay artists, I use a pasta machine to blend colors and achieve new designs.  I do not use any paint or inks on my work. 

Many of my pieces interpret in polymer clay the fluid sense of fabric caught at a moment in time.  The work appears to blur the line between what appears might yield to the touch and what actually is permanently formed.  Many people believe the clay pieces are made from fabric when they first see my work. 

Math and geometry are essential to my work because each piece of artwork consists of baked clay shapes that, when complete, must fit together on the canvas.   My use of geometric forms is inspired by my training in architecture and urban planning and, I readily admit, I love the math required to create the art.  For me, the creative process is both a left-brain and right-brain experience. 

I am fascinated by the wide range of color, texture and form that can be created with polymer clay and the sense of exploration that comes with mixing the colors, creating designs and draping the sheets of clay yielded by the pasta machine.  I mount the pieces of baked clay on canvas that I have covered with fabric to bring out the colors in the work.  This allows the pieces to be presented without glass over them and allows the viewer to fully enjoy the intricacies of the work.

All work by Fran

Fran Abrams
2014, 11 x 14, Polymer clay (not painted) on fabric-covered canvas
Fran Abrams
2013, 18 x 18, Polymer clay (not painted) on fabric-covered canvas
Fran Abrams
2012, 16 x 16, Polymer clay (not painted) on fabric-covered canvas