Anatomy of the Vessel

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North Central College, 2016 - Ceramics - 63 pages
Through my ceramic and sculptural work I have been focusing on the human form. I have been intrigued not only by the physical attributes of the form but also by certain lifestyle choices and their supporting emotions. Within my works, I challenge the viewer with internal and external conflicts regarding one's physical and mental health that are all portrayed through a familiar element of the human form. By showing everything from the bones to the psychological aspects of a human being, the viewers can relate to each and every work. My research has consisted of artist inspiration like Janine Antoni and Louise Bourgeois, aesthetic analysespertaining to emotion, environmental and health studies explaining the effects of chemicals on our bodies and anatomical depictions. One of my sculptures titled Pollution (2015), portrays the idea of the chemicals we expose our bodies to everyday. The natural element of the wood combined with the dark goopy texture of tar that is dripped amongst the pelvic girdle and cavity and femurs, which are carved out of the wood, creates a physical interpretation of what we subject our bodies to. Bad Habits (2016), portrays similar elements consisting of four ceramic castings of my arms and legs. Each appendage is a functional vessel, thus they are filled thenwith unhealthy food that the average person consumes but addresses the issue of the toxic products or food that we fill our bodies with. It is through my research and sculptural depictions that I have brought these familiar conflicts face-to-face with the viewers while convincing them to challenge their own opinions on the matter. My work focuses on portraying aspects of human life through natural materials and a natural environment, forcing the viewers to have a visceral experience with the subject matter of the "body" in order to recognize the underlying meaning within the artwork.

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