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What is non-objective art? 

Beyond Abstraction: Non-Objective Sculpture in Clay

Non-objective Art: Art which does not seek to depict an object or figure from the physical world, but which instead arranges surfaces, shapes, forms and colors and in the process goes one step beyond abstraction.

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Patricia Armato

Trying to work with space both positive and negative is always a challenge. I feel the negative space in sculpture can almost give the same effect as a positive form. Because I prefer to work abstractly or non-objective; I look at the negative space in some pieces as the soul and energy of the sculpture.”

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Why? What does it mean?

  • Where else do we see non-objective images?
  • What else do we appreciate that doesn’t have an exact meaning?

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Elements of Art and Principles of Design

  • Shape / Form
  • Space
  • Texture 
  • Movement
  • Unity
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Getting Started

  • Go to the website: http://www.abstractearth.com/ 
  • Click on “Sculpture”.
  • Choose “Free-Standing”.
  • Choose “All Materials” or pick a single material, especially Stone, Wood, or Bronze. 
  • Scroll through the pages.
  • Find an image you like. Describe the sculpture and write a few sentences about why you like it.
  • Make several sketches of your ideas for making your own non-objective sculpture. You may start from an image you see on the website. 
  • Working from your sketches and image(s) you like, start with a wedged chunk of clay and remove, push, add, squeeze, pull, twist clay around to create shapes and negative space.

Other websites for images of non-objective sculptures: 


http://www.turnbullstudios.org/

http://www.leonakinggallery.com/Cheston_Turnbull.htm



Remember!

  • The sculpture is non-objective; it doesn’t need to represent anything
  • Think about the sculpture from all sides
  • Think about how the sculpture sits on the surface
  • Make interesting negative space
  • Think about how shape, space, texture and movement can be used to create an interesting composition


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