born American ceramic artist Rimas VisGirda's characteristic drawing
style developed in the late 1970's and early 1980's. At the time,
VisGirda observed the increasing corporatization and in a sense
'flatness' of American society. He tried to express these observations
and concerns in his drawing, which resulted in a caricature style
imagery. This was further influenced by US West Coast underground
cartoonists such as Robert Crumb and S. Clay Wilson, as well as
sub-cultural movements in London, in particular the rise of Punk
Culture. In his imagery, VisGirda takes a critical look at fads
and fashions, especially fringe areas outside of everyday culture.
His imagery may be socio-critical, sometimes playful, sometimes
even alluding to eroticism.
uses a number of techniques to arrive at his end product. He favors
coarse, high fired stoneware and works with line and color. VisGirda
first draws the outline of an image with a conventional pencil on
greenware. The surface is then brushed over with a thin layer of
water based wax resist. On drying, the pencil marks are still visible
through the translucent wax resist. The lines are then scratched
into the clay with a sgrafitto tool. Black engobe or stain is then
painted into the grooves.
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