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Artist finds inspiration in nature and travel

Artist finds inspiration in nature and travel
Artist finds inspiration in nature and travel | David Frazier

It might be a moonlight swath coming across a lake, or a shaft of light illuminating a baby turtle pecking through its egg. It might be the sound of tree frogs in the night or a climbing up the Temple of the Jaguar in Guatemala. Or, it might be devastating news like the  BP oil spill or casualties in Iraq. David W. Frazier will take his inspiration wherever he can get it. Says fellow Arts Co-Op artist CT Hill, “I do enjoy an artist with an imagination.”
The full range of Frazier’s work, mostly fired pieces of clay, opened at the Co-Op April 15 and runs through May 20 with the intriguing title “Dirty Art Show.” None of them are lacking in imagination.
“I’ve always enjoyed making things out of dirt,” remembers Frazier. I was always digging in a hole in the yard as a child.”
The show’s newest pieces like archeological artifacts, also dug out of the dirt, resemble temple relics from Mayan, Olmec and Aztec ruins in Mexico and Central America. Some of the little figures are inspired directly from photos; some “I just made up.” The little earth tone figures like “Priest Observing Eclipse,” were pit-fired at his farm in South Fulton with wood and metal bits thrown on top to get different tones of red, gray and black.
depending on the viewer. Many of his titles have double meanings. One waist-high piece in which ceramic figures dance inside an old stump won first prize says Frazier in a student art show. Frazier says that all together he has won about ten prizes in local juried art shows.
Frazier, 46, now an art student at UT Martin, says that he has been a part-time student for many years including a stint at UT in Knoxville. After years of working with a printing company and travelling the world he has now moved back to the family farm in South Fulton.
But as a boy, he says he moved a lot with his military family through the south and especially enjoyed the outdoors. His family often went to Reelfoot Lake. A series of small clay wetland creatures perched on pieces of found driftwood, he says, are some of his most popular works.   Shy to groups as a child, he was inspired to craft a line of little turtles on a log entitled “Whose the new kid on the log?”Throughout the show are varied pieces of pottery including ones he calls his tattoo pots that are dipped in glaze and then hand painted.  Plates with shrimp and fish have an entirely different look.
“It’s a mystery every time I fire pieces in a kiln. It’s like Christmas when I open it up.”

wcp 4/26/11

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