Cheryl Ann Thomas specializes in creating the crescendo point of creation. Her fluid sculptures resemble cloth like material; the folds, the tears, the fibrous aesthetic. However, each is entirely made of porcelain. Her impossibly thin layers of coiled porcelain are placed in a kiln and she takes them out right at the moment that they become soft and therefore collapsible. This is when the magic happens and the art takes its own organic form. The seemingly effortless piling of the porcelain creates an essence of lift, of upwards movement and delicate structure. This point that Thomas takes her porcelain out of the kiln is critical, allowing the material to weave itself into this never ending movement.
Similar to an abstract painting, Thomas has created sculptures that are as much about the foreground as they are about the surroundings. The dark folds of the structures contrast with the flat planes of its exterior. The fluidity of the movement is impossible to capture just by looking at it from one direction, it weaves you around itself. Her work is also reminiscent of Hellenistic statue attire. The thin, transparent layers that folded and melted along the body, revolutionary carved masterpieces. Unconventionally however, Thomas' work somehow reaches up, the folds fighting gravitational pull. Ironic in their nature and purely produced, Cheryl Ann Thomas has reenvisioned porcelain.
More of her work at her website