Honorable Mention – Sculpture
Title of Art Piece: Gaia’s Heart
Category: Sculpture – 2023
Student/Artist’s Name: Marin Hart
School: Haines High School
Grade: 12th
Artist Statement: Born from chaos, like my muse the greek deity Gaia, forming this heart shaped vase took months in the process. A quick sketch for reference and then a repetition of warming clay with my palms, coiling it into thick cords, building it higher and needing more and more. I experimented with several earth toned glazes and underglazes to make it look earthy and natural. It was not my initial plan to make it as large as it turned out to be and for it to take as long as it did but in the end I am happy with the large amount of work I put into it. Gaia’s Heart represents my love for our wonderful planet and was designed as a vase to hold wild flowers that the beautiful town of Haines grows in the warmer months.
Artwork Dimensions: 11″ x 8.5″

Original Images:
1. https://artalaska.org/wp-content/uploads/gravity_forms/52-a6a69575a0bcf9c504f5378a8b3c8199/2023/04/Mare-Heart1.jpg

2. https://artalaska.org/index.php?gf-download=2023%2F04%2FMare-Heart-Closeup2.jpg&form-id=52&field-id=38&hash=939d77b1cea604a87a74e1c242491251a4e35536623d53269b875fdeef9c9e93

3. https://artalaska.org/index.php?gf-download=2023%2F04%2FMare-Heart-3.jpg&form-id=52&field-id=38&hash=6a8769440e7e56602db4542abb46c0dedd88e1a9a036d0a6ee64ebb70ff8b0f4