Sublime |
Sublime is an abstract sculpture  by Heather Miller

Title: Sublime
Year: 2013
Size: 8.5″ x 6.5″

Sublime was made with polymer clay, beads, and acrylic paint on a canvas board.

The Story:

I’m wrote this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013. I did my best to remember.

Sublime was created around the same time as Burst of Revelry.  I don’t remember which I did first.  As I mentioned in that piece’s story, I hadn’t created any polymer clay art in some time.  I had also bought an extruder tool and wanted to play with it a bit.

The extruder tool was used to create the flat pale pink pieces and the long skinny tubes of clay.  The rest of the shapes I did by hand.  This piece incorporates several pieces of jewelry, something I don’t do very often.  I always intend to dissemble old jewelry to use, but I rarely ever get around to doing it.  This was one time were I did.  I like the interplay between the shapes of the beads & jewelry and the polymer clay.  It’s a lot of fun to dome up with new combinations.

When I was done, I realized it had something of a psychedelic feel to it.  The slightly muted colors reminded me of the Beatles’ animated movie for Yellow Submarine.  I haven’t seen that for well over 20 years so my memory of it is fuzzy at best.  For some reason though, I think of Yellow Submarine every time I look it this.

Pieces like this often inspire the “which way is up” question.  Now you may be thinking “but you made it, don’t you know?”  At the time I knew which way was up, but sometimes, after a piece is finished, I rotate it this way and that just to see what it would look like.  If memory services, it now hangs upside down, but I like it better this way.  When someone purchases it, they are free to hang it in whatever direction is most pleasing to them!

As for the title, sublime is kind of a lofty word for this, admittedly.  I was stuck for a title when the word popped in my head.  When that happens, I tend to go with it.