Trash Plates and Trash
All of these pieces are inspired by the French Renaissance potter, Bernard Palissy. His large ornamental plates and platters were decorated with the flora and fauna of his immediate environs, often cast from live specimens. My plates include things I pick up on walks, then recreate in clay. I think of them as portraits of a place in time, where things that have been thrown away regain value through processes of observation and making.
Covid plate, aka Fuck 2020
I wanted to make something reflective of the outrageous chaos and wreckage of this year: these are imagined regenerations and recolonizations of covid trash, with a few stray fossilized souvenirs from the Mar-a-lago gift shoppe.
Never forget the last four years!
Gloves and mask, hydrox cookies, virus balls/pods, worms, straws, shells, Mar-A-Lago matches, pebbles…
No piece is attached, providing endless combining of vitrified debris play.