In the exploration of arid land and desert rock formations, geologic time is often exposed. The process imparts a message of vast, cyclic nature and, in turn, our human relationship to time and scale. My work strives to connect this vast infinity with our human condition.
Using various materials such as clay, wax, gypsum, and graphite, I consider the materials themselves to be the subject matter of the work. I attempt to push my materials to their limit in one way or another so as to highlight as much of what they are as what they are not. Each piece is a record of place or of time. Often these works reveal an attempt on my part to hold time as an object in my hand, or to record our time, the right now, as a reflection of ourselves and the fact that what we perceive to be solid and never changing is in fact fluid.
Afton Love (b. 1984) is a visual artist who works across media, including graphite, beeswax, clay, felt, and resin. Her immersive installation sized drawings and exploratory sculpture aim to call attention to our human condition in connection with the natural world. Love earned her BFA at the California College of the Arts in 2012 and has participated in residencies at several institutions, including the Vermont Studio Center with a Pollock-Krasner grant, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and most recently, the 2018-2019 Roswell Artist in Residence grant. She is based in Vallecitos, New Mexico and her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Afton Love 16 Faces and 16 Bowls, 2019 Hand-dug micaceous clay
16 feet (variable) Courtesy of the artist