Giant Mantis by the Bus Stop
This ceramic painting depicts a school bus stop with a giant mantis on the road. It is unclear if the perspective of the composition makes the mantis look so large, or if it is truly half the size of the bus. The illustrative style and content of the work is suggestive of a children's storybook and has evokes magical realism. The artist's favorite objects are books and many of his works, including this one, resemble them in their modest size. This composition also demonstrates perfectly how drawing is central to McNamee-Tweed's practice—he incised a drawn line into the clay before glazing and firing it to create this ceramic painting.
Kvein McNamee-Tweed’s multifaceted studio practice encompasses paintings, monotypes and ceramic works. Drawing is central to his process, with each artwork a careful combination of humor and beauty. Many of his works are modest in scale and resemble books—which McNamee-Tweed values above all other objects, including art.
This ceramic painting depicts a school bus stop with a giant mantis on the road. While the illustrative style and content is suggestive of a children's book, there is rarely a clear narrative in McNamee-Tweed's work. Instead, he juxtaposes images that are seldom seen together, hoping to induce contemplation, speculation and laughter.More