Helaine Schneider, figurative ceramic sculpture
The law of Polarity states that in the duality that exists there are two poles, or opposites of everything. Polarity represents the two extremes of one “thing” which, in essence is the same thing. Degrees measure the perception of the attitude of the individual to what is considered at one end or the other. For example the perception of the attitude of the individual to what is considered hot and what is considered cold. Hot and cold mean different things to different people, as do the concepts of rich and poor, love and hate, etc.
I experience my life along the various points of contrasting opposites though at the heart I believe they are one. The common thread throughout my work is that each piece represents the duality that exists within me as well as my focused aim to achieve balance. My mind continuously races and each piece reflects the various degrees of contrast between opposing thoughts and the inherent oneness that exists within me. My sculptures represent specific captured moments in time in my life.
My vision as an artist is to continuously feel inspired and challenged by what I am working on. I pride myself on recognizing the possibilities inherent in personal growth and I consistently move towards expansion both technically and emotionally in my art. Being an artist is an inside job for me. While the outside world certainly plays a part in the process of creation I invariably look inward for inspiration and guidance towards the next step. The joy is in the evolution of an idea and how it eventually translates into form. Everything is a process and it is the movement that is the significant aspect of the creative journey for me. I take small steps each day. While having a finished product is satisfying I find the journey to be the most fulfilling part of the process, which includes all of the knowledge and experience I gain along the way. My work is a reflection of this vision.