COALESCENCE

2017

When I was becoming a young woman I believed most of my identity was wrapped up in my appearance. As I matured, I gained new perspective and understanding, slowly learning that I was much more than my physical attributes.

 

With this work I am exploring the relationship between the internal and external self, the inside and the outside of who we are, and how much or how little they influence each other. I reduced my outward appearance to its most surface qualities; only skin and hair remain. The process demands laying thin sheets of porcelain slip, or liquid clay, over my body for an extended period of time. During the finishing stages of their creation these clay sheets often break mimicking the developmental course and then finally the convergence that the internal self often takes. 

Coalescence, installation view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, detail view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, detail view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, detail view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, detail view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, detail view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, detail view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, detail view

Porcelain and hair

Coalescence, installation view

Porcelain and hair