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Ganesha ′Born out of Earth′ One motif that I return to again and again in my work is the image of Ganesha, the Indian elephant god, the archetype of the ‘divine inner child′ Curiosity and fascination drive me to shape this elephant in clay and to choose this mythological form of Ganesha representation — to realise it — to bring it to life. I would like to convey especially the qualities of the archetype of the ′divine inner child′ —bring them to the present —create a clear connection to the viewer —make it alive and vibrant, a tangible ′felt truth′ of innocence and joy This unique hand modelled stoneware (high-firing clay) RAKU sculpture comes to life through a long process that includes a gas oven firing of the glazed sculpture, and placing it red hot into a closed box with sawdust, producing the highly unique glaze effect through the oxidation reduction process. Then 23 carat gold-leaf is added to highlights. Raku (meaning ‘enjoyment’ or ‘ease’) is an ancient Japanese technique from the sixteenth century All my artworks are sent with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Sculpture:Ceramic on Ceramic
Size:11.8 W x 12.6 H x 11.8 D in
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
https://www.brigittesaugstad.com Brigitte Saugstad studied ceramic art and design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna under Prof. Matteo Thun. After completing her studies, the artist spent several months at the College of Art in New Delhi where she delved into the Indian mythology regarding the archetype of the ‘divine inner child’ — the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Deeply moved and inspired by this experience, the artist has let him playfully dance through her hands over the years, and in all her works is woven this principle of the inner child — the embodiment of childlike joy, innocence and wisdom within. Brigitte Saugstad worked for the renowned china paint company Augarten in Austria before she finally opened her own workshop in 1991 to fully dedicate herself to her art. Brigitte Saugstad who was born in Vienna, today lives and works as a freelance artist in Lower Austria. Great Art of Lightness Ever since Brigitte Saugstad discovered ceramic as the perfect mean to express herself artistically, the elementariness of the material has captivated her: "˜I form the raw material of the earth with my hands according to my ideas; nevertheless, it partly withdraws from my influence. The alchemical process of firing always adds something surprisingly different to my work.' Brigitte Saugstad works intuitively without any drafts or models. The moment she touches the material she feels the form that wants to become into being. Through the intensive work with her hands, she transfers her emotions and breathes life into her pieces. The essence of Brigitte Saugstad's art work lies in their childlike joy and harmonious movements. The gliding and floating of the sculptures and objects give them an exceptional expression of joy and lightness. At the same time the works radiate a fascinating strength and bond with the earth. It is the perfect balance of dynamic and harmony which immediately attracts the viewer and fills him with energy. Brigitte Saugstad's art is not meant to inspire thoughts; on the contrary she wants to achieve freedom of thought and detachedness with her art. Simple and natural as her work is, it is spontaneously understandable. The childlike joy and innocence of her sculptures open the heart and touch the viewer's soul individually. Her works develop a life of their own and it almost seems like the pieces choose their owner themselves.
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