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Layl McDill

Layl McDill

I use polymer clay to create millefiore canes which are sliced to reveal tiny images in the clay.  These slices and other pieces of clay are used to construct my whimsical sculptures.  

Short Artist Statement: 

    Once upon a time each of us was a little kid.  Everything was nonsense.  We wondered about everything. We wondered what was in the cupboard, the drawers, and boxes. For me making my art helps me keep this magical doorway to wonderment open.

       My technique and materials are also very mysterious and magical. I create millefiore canes from colored clay which is layered and stretched then sliced to reveal tiny images in the clay.  These slices and the scraps that come out of the process become the building blocks for my sculptures.  

         My polymer clay wall pieces are inspired purely out of playfulness and serendipity.  I often start with a vague idea or a loose sketch but as the work is completed I begin to see the nonsense turning into a mirror of the reality we live in with a feeling of childlike wonderment surrounding the piece.

Layl McDill