Lougee’s Cells began as a kind of ‘clay journal’ connecting sources of inspiration. “After visiting a cancer research lab and looking at HeLa cells under the microscope” the artist states, “I began to work with cell imagery. As one piece led to another the inspiration for ‘cells’ range from blood cells, phytoplankton, fossils, vegetation and many other biological references.”
The Cells were made using a wooden frame as a mold. Slabs of clay were laid into the frame and then sculpted by hand. The pieces were fired to cone 6 in an electric kiln with a Matt black glaze wiped off to emphasize textures.
Michelle currently has a solo show Ubiquitous, at the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College, February 4 - March 5, 2015. The Cells represent a ceramic sketchbook linking ideas and stimulus.