Specimens and objects for a tomb
I’m trying to channel the voice of my own natural universe, building forms through process as well as observation, and adding enough varieties of scale, color, texture and pattern to make this clay world convincing. Thus far, it includes seeds, pods, fruit, flowers, peels and detritus, as well as invented specimens– all things linked to cycles of life and the passage of time.
Wet clay is alive, sensual and intuitive to use, an extension of the body that reflects back to us what we are made of, as actors in a larger continuum of evolution and transformation. Then it gets fired and becomes fixed, taking on a new material reality as artifact or symbol of a previous life. And yet with this loss comes new purpose, as celebration, ritual and commemoration.
In clay, everything can exist in a constant state of becoming.