What, When, Where: Something Old, Something New
January 9, 2012
By Kara Lashley
Cutting-edge techniques and an age-old art meet in the work of Warren Mather, a ceramicist who has developed a novel method for imprinting digital images on clay. His technique involves transferring digital photos, videos and computer-generated images to silk screens and then to wet clay, which he later glazes and fires into panels or discs. â€œIn my mind the process of taking a picture is like sensing and recording an event by physically pressing clay against and around it,â€ explains the artist, who is based in Weston, Massachusetts.
From cityscapes and street scenes to natural imagery, Mather’s work explores ways of seeing, with the camera as â€œvisual clay.â€ I’m particularly fond of his hyperrealistic tree bark series, which will be on display at Boston’s Arnold Arboretum beginning March 17. In the meantime, here’s a look at Mather’s photo-clay artistry.
Birch (2005). Â All photos courtesy of Warren Mather
Red Oak (2009)
Chinese Zelkova (2011)
Sycamore 2 (2011)
Balkan Pine (2010)