Ovoid's in Pale Green, Brian Christensen, 2023, ceramic on wood, 8 x 8 x 6 in. / 20.32 x 20.32 x 15.24 cm.

Brian Christensen’s Sculpture: Earth and Art

Featured image: Ovoid's in Pale Green, Brian Christensen, 2023, ceramic on wood, 8 x 8 x 6 in. / 20.32 x 20.32 x 15.24 cm.

Brian Christensen's sculptural works are a dialogue between the forces of nature and the hand of the artist. Each piece, whether ceramic or mixed media, is a thoughtful reflection on form, function, and the natural world. Christensen’s sculptures invite viewers to ponder the connection between art and the environmental elements that inspire it.

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Bleached Composition

Bleached Composition, Brian Christensen, 2021, ceramic, 8 x 8 x 8 in. / 20.32 x 20.32 x 20.32 cm.

"Bleached Composition" evokes a sense of serenity and decay, akin to relics washed ashore by the sea. Measuring 8 x 8 x 8 inches, this ceramic piece balances the delicate relationship between texture and form. Christensen's application of color unites disparate elements into a cohesive whole, suggesting a narrative of time and tide that has shaped and unified these forms into a single gestalt composition.

Golden Seed

Golden Seed, Brian Christensen, 2020, ceramic stoneware, 16 x 24 x 15 in. / 40.64 x 60.96 x 38.1 cm.

The "Golden Seed," a part of Christensen's fertility series, is a substantial work with its dimensions of 16 x 24 x 15 inches. The robust ceramic stoneware sculpture combines the organic with the symbolic, featuring a polished sphere nestled within a cradle of earth-toned shards. The piece, suitable for both indoor and outdoor display, resonates with themes of growth, protection, and the cycle of life.

Terra Vase

Terra Vase, Brian Christensen, 2023, mixed media, 8 x 20 x 6 in. / 20.32 x 50.8 x 15.24 cm.

Christensen's "Terra Vase," at 8 x 20 x 6 inches, is a striking mixed media piece that merges functionality with artistic exploration. It delves into the strata of the earth, layers upon layers, concealing a hidden volume within. This sculptural vase stands as a testament to the layered complexity of the natural world, embodying the depth and richness of the terrain it represents.

Brian Christensen’s sculptures are not just objects to be admired; they are stories told through clay and glaze, volume and void. They speak to the profound impact of natural processes on creation and the harmony that can be achieved when art imitates the ephemeral and enduring aspects of nature. Through his work, Christensen captures the sublime dialogue between the earth’s creations and human expression.

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Rock Vase #2, Brian Christensen, 2021, ceramic, 8 x 10 x 7 in. / 20.32 x 25.4 x 17.78 cm.

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