Internalization of difference affects one’s interpretation of the physical self. Concepts of
Western bodily standards and the fleshy Renaissance figure represented throughout the classical arts pose an intriguing dichotomy. By creating voluminous ceramic vessels that subtly express often analyzed qualities of personal appearance, I explore and challenge Western conceptions and their connotations. Familiar folds and the soft, sensual curvature of the human figure encourage the viewer to experience a corporeal relationship between one’s own body and form. Sizable porcelain vessels visually reflect the plush, undulating exterior of the human body.
Intimately textural, a porous matte glaze blushes amongst subtle pale surfaces to mimic a
tangibly comparable softness and vitality of skin. Supple, rounded curves give each vessel a
lively essence, quietly illuminating and celebrating similar bodily qualities.
Captivated by the way skin shrinks and swells, wrinkles and stretches, I create seemingly
animate forms that emulate the body’s dynamic exterior. By referencing the classical figure,
similarities in fleshy appearance inspire the parallel between body and vessel, challenging
Western notions of a widely understood ideal. Exhibiting and exaggerating curvaceous features
found on the figure, each piece stands alone to evoke a humanly familiar sensibility between the
viewer and object. This relationship, in turn, serves to subtly invite the viewer to celebrate one’s
own uniquely individual complexion.