Heather Mae Erickson
(2021) - 14x17x6.5" Slipcast porcelain
I continuously pose questions to myself that enhance guidelines and starting points when working. By broadening my scope, the possibilities for containing or displaying become endless. It is easy to get stuck on the idea that a cup or bowl must take on a specific shape in order to serve its purpose. I do not think in those limiting terms. I focus my energies on containing, holding, and presenting without preconceived ideas. I know that my container can be any shape or size that I desire.
With this piece, “Confabulations” I am studying a memory through my personal lens. I am reimagining the event, object, and relationship through reinterpretation. I am unpacking the formal qualities of life through an artwork, storytelling, visual clues, and expectations. The model for the mold was created from a friends cherished broken teapot and clay. This simple stupid way of attaching one piece to another came to me while trouble shooting how to combine objects of various materials to make one unit. The breakaway mold leaves traces of the mold seams. Hints or clues about how the object was created. Even though something may be broken there may be the possibility of healing, transforming, or mending. We as humans on this living Earth are constantly in transition. We are born as one thing and we evolve, grown, change, and transition. We have visual and non-visual scars and we can reimagine ourselves beyond the world expectations. In ceramics we talk about the body as a vessel and the vessel as a body (a container); lip shoulder, foot, belly, waist. This set is a stand in for resilience. We all try on different hats, uniforms, clothes, skins, and are able to reimagine ourselves. #upcycle
“A spoken language is a body, a living creature, whose physiognomy is verbal and whose visceral functions are linguistic. And this creature's home is the inarticulate as well as the articulate.”
― John Berger, Confabulations