Posted by: groundsforsculpture | February 15, 2010

Coneversations with Flo Perkins

Flo Perkins, "Conefrontation", 2005, blown glass and rubber, 11 x 20 x 23 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Exploration, curiosity, and lessons in art and life were revealed in the stories of Flo Perkins during her lecture at GFS on Sunday, January 24.

Her educational experiences at Philadelphia College of Art, UCLA, Pilchuk, and Murano, have afforded extensive lessons in technique and flexibility.  Learning to let go of expectations, viewing accidents as possibilities, and following intuition, are positive guides to creativity. Influenced by form and color, nature is her timeless teacher.

The cactus, the subject of her graduate thesis, has become her icon with its message to adapt and to make the most of what is present.  The desert adorned with cactus is where Flo Perkins finds home.

Flo Perkins. "Melocactus," 2008, Blown glass, 16 x 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Yet she responds to new calls.  Collaboration with Judy Chicago led to bowling at the Sugar Bowl, and to becoming aware of the feminine aspects of the bowling pin as well as the domestic aspects of bowling terminology. A new series was born.

Life provides endless material for art and opportunity for transformation.  A danger cone with some imagination becomes visually, humorously, communicative.

Conegratulations Flo Perkins.

And thank you,

Jody Kendall


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