Tucker Claxton – Red Lodge Clay Center

Tucker ClaxtonManhattan, Kansas

Red Lodge Clay Center Short-Term Resident (ASPN) 2015

My current work focuses on the importance of exploration and innocence. I explore personal and social issues that I see around me through recurring imagery of crystals and amorphous forms.  They serve as reference points for me to explore new concepts.  For me the crystal brings back memories of exploring the woods and creeks of my childhood and finding rocks that would catch and hold my gaze for long periods of time.  Once formed, crystals rarely change and have come to represent the idea of structure in my work. They are a solid reflection, grounding a person, amongst the chaos that is life.  The amorphous forms I use represent feelings of uncertainty that results from growing up and inherent guilt.