In praise of lesser gods
Flawed but beautiful, like us.
The lesser gods that this sculpture praises, Cheek says, are men and women. The clay he selected contains a lot of iron, and he fired it in a way that brings out the iron and turns the clay a rusty color. During the firing process he distressed the piece to create some flaws. Then he tore newspaper, enameled it a bronze color similar to the natural color of the fired clay, and used it to paper over the flaws—the way we lesser gods so often do. “The clay will last thousands and thousands of years,” Cheek said, “and the newspaper is ephemeral, for contrast.”