About 5 years ago, I began working with clay as a vehicle for exploring ideas about silhouette and identity, and the fluidity of meaning as objects transition between two and three dimensions. These pieces originate as ink drawings that riff on classical silhouettes. The drawings are then “translated” by a potter into three dimensional form on the wheel. I transform them further by cutting them in half or flattening them with a rolling pin. They acquire a new flatness that is both literal and metaphorical, reiterating their being as pots in a strange, yet familiar way.
I remember when i was a kid, putting pennies on the railroad tracks where they would get flattened by the train. Each penny came out different, special, like it held some kind of secret from its ordeal. I loved it.
all pieces are ceramic, 2010-2013, pot size
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