|This work primarily references classical fine art iconography, including the Three Graces and the Odalisque or reclining nude, as framing devices in the representation of bodies out of control. I emphasize the objectification of the female form by presenting it in a socially unacceptable grotesque manner in the context of a format in which it has traditionally been idealized.
The unfired pieces are abstracted forms overwhelmed by chaotic excess, but still related to the body in terms of scale. I focus not on the finished object, but on the properties of the clay and the processes of creation and destruction. All the pieces are hollow, consisting of only a thin wall of clay, and while the inner space they define is not available to the viewer in most cases, it is a crucial element in creating the assumed presence of the body within. It is on the margin or buffer between the biological body and the outside world that my work focuses.