Beneath the eye-catching imagery of his work, Brumfield imbues many of his pieces with both cultural and personal subtexts. A piece called “Blue Ward” is a tabletop collection of clay buildings, people and animals that Brumfield says is a dream city made up partly of New Orleans, partly of Prague and partly of the other cities where he has lived.
Late last fall, he was developing a new piece based on a huge chessboard filled with an army of royalty and soldiers connected with metal chains. It is similar in style to an earlier work, called “Clifton’s Children,” which featured a collection of fearsome-looking Victorian dolls, each attached by chains to owls statues and all looming down from a very high, very steep attic ladder.
“They start to interact,” he says of his projects. “They start to have a dialogue with each other and sometimes I feel like I’m just along for the ride.”
To see examples of Brumfield’s work, go to www.christopherscottbrumfield.com or www.xtofu.blogspot.com. In February, he will also be part of NOLA Fired Up, www.nolafiredup.org, a citywide ceramics conference featuring the work of more than 20 artists.