This first installation of its kind began from a search for material integrity. I wanted to illustrate clay’s relationship to life-sustaining elements (salt, oxygen, water), building a site-specific, ephemeral installation that focused on the phenomenal qualities that clay possesses that mimic human flesh, alive at a microscopic level. These mounds were created to highlight the live qualities of clay and it’s need for water in its greenware stage, and its ability to repel water when it has been fully fired to its maximum temperature. This 5-day long clay mound installation captured the slow transformation of clay particles from malleable to solid and solid returning to a liquid form.
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