An element of the circus in each of these sculptures represents the wonder found in discovering prehistoric animals, and their amazing feats of evolution. The brightly colored drapery that adorns the broad back of an ancient giant brings about the impossible idea of a prehistoric circus; a tragic circus lost in time along with the animals themselves.
Colors and intricate patterns are fading; the paint peels and wood rots away under heavy feet and wrinkled hide. These sculptures express the joy I find in the animal form, and lavish decorations celebrate them as the greatest show on earth.
Ariel Bowman's artwork is amusing but meaningful, her work is a perfect jumping off point to talk about the idea behind student's work. Obviously Ariel has a very solid concept and inspiration that drives her artwork to become as magnificent as it is. In an Art I class her work would be a perfect way to discuss using ideas that personally inspire you to expand in multiple ways. She began working with the basic structures and designs of prehistoric animals but her work has now morphed into a colorful, whimsical experience for her viewer.
In a more practical medium exploration for an Art I class, Ariel's work focuses strongly on textures and patterns to give her pieces interest. This would be a great opportunity to work on manipulating clay to create various textures and patterns and learn how to work with the medium. This could be done simply with slab tiles or with three dimensional forms.