Pots, picturehood

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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.

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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.

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installation view, "Shape Language" at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 2010 (Joe Bradley in back)

installation view, “Shape Language” at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 2010 (Joe Bradley in back)

"Shape Language" at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 2010, (Patrick Brennan painting)

“Shape Language” at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 2010, (Patrick Brennan painting)

installation view, Kate Werble Gallery, 2010

installation view, Kate Werble Gallery, 2010

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on Moving Mountains credenza, photo by Hannah Whitaker

on Moving Mountains credenza, photo by Hannah Whitaker

chair by Moving Mountains, photo by Hannah Whitaker

chair by Moving Mountains, photo by Hannah Whitaker

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all pieces are ceramic, 2010-2013, pot size

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