I think there are two methods of working with material. One is adding material which is the way one work with clay and the other is reducing material which is the way one works with stone or wood. Do you think there's a different way of creating or thinking when choosing one method over the other?
Building up or taking off material seems to be a matter of choice. For example at art school, we did both but I was attracted to the option of manipulation of materials and methods of plasticity.
One can also choose to assemble or install. Others more recent, brought up with the digital era may prefer to create in CAD and output by any of the rapid proto methods they choose.
Of course it is a matter of choice. I'm wondering why people choose the way they do. I know that I like working with wood because it seems to be living and beautiful in every stage of the work. I don't feel this way about clay.
There was a time I carved rosewood and loved the ease with which it carved and its beautiful reddish tones. However for practical reasons, one may not be able to carve wood or marble. These reasons may be the space and the availability of materials for example.
I have always liked working with clay because it is so plastic and allows me to become one with it.
I can relate to that. I think I am too critical and that may be the reason why I like working with materials which seem to have their own inner perfectness, no matter what I would you.
You are so right about space and materials. We've moved to a new home lately and I have many plans for a studio but all are still plans