Laney Oxman | Feminine Nostalgia
|Biography Statement Ask the Artist In the Studio|
Laney Oxman has won design awards from Niche Magazine three times in the past four years. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has worked as an independent studio artist since 1977.
Lately I have been thinking about my forms and surface decoration and I realized I have a recurring theme of nostalgic Victorian femininity. To me the Victorian way of life was very romantic and the form of the Victorian woman was very sensuous. It is from these stimuli that I seek the inspiration for my work, both in the form of the vessels and the composition of women in opulent environments.
In today's society women have been given the equality of men, but so often we have become "workaholics" who never have time to lounge around in opulent surroundings. Instead we work, exercise, shop, clean, and take care of our children, usually dressed in sweat pants, tee shirts and of course running shoes.
Intellectually and professionally I know that as women we have come a long way and worked very hard to gain our equality and respect. But wouldn't it be fun to fantasize a very short visit back into the life of a sensuous Victorian woman, just lounging in an opulent environment dressed in a revealing gown and waiting to be adored and lavished upon?
Where do you get the ideas for your work?
Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?
Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?
What's the most exciting part of creating your works?
What's the most difficult part of creating your works?
What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?
Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?
Can you share a "secret of the trade" with us--something nobody else knows or that you found out only after years of experience? Put another way--what do you wish somebody had told you when you were just starting out that might have saved you hours of wasted effort?
What are we missing by experiencing your work through the Internet and not seeing/hearing/feeling/smelling/touching it in person?
|Leon and Sharon Niehues||Zachary Oxman|