Revised Artist Statement (New)

Angiosperm: vessel for the seed. Flowering plants exhibit sensual form, while each specific part performs an essential function. Flowers are vessels for life and energy. They are a part of our everyday lives from being a source of beauty and delight, to the role they play in producing sustenance.

The objects we surround ourselves with serve various purposes in our lives as well. Some we have chosen, attracted to their shape, color, or texture. Others we have selected simply because they perform a necessary function. There is however, the rare case of an object that satisfies both functional and aesthetic desires.

I seek to create porcelain objects that entice the viewer with sensual contours, delicious color and compelling shapes. Each piece is inspired by a particular part of floral anatomy, suggesting function of the botanical and of the ceramic vessel. Perhaps the viewer is reminded of something biological, only subsequently learning of the function the object can carry out.  The organic design allows each object to be handled effortlessly and joyfully, appealing to the senses of sight, touch and curiosity.

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One thought on “Revised Artist Statement (New)

  1. Shannon, I think that this statement is getting to the core of what you are trying to say with the work. It is working well.

    You open with a definition, although it is not totally clear. It might be better with more information (see the OED when on campus http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/7531?redirectedFrom=angiosperm#eid), or you could explain a little more of what you mean. You make a nice case for the role that objects play in the context of function and aesthetics. This situates the work nicely.

    Consider rewording “suggesting function of the botanical and of the ceramic vessel” to include “a” function or “the” function. Also, the word “is” in “Perhaps the viewer is reminded” might be better as “will be” and you might want to expand on “the function the object can carry out.” Do you mean to refer back to sustenance or some other function? How are the objects handled effortlessly and joyfully? Can they be handled without joy? Do they engender joy? And what does this mean exactly? Maybe it would be more clear by stating “The organic design allows each object to be handled effortlessly and joyfully because they appeal to the senses of sight, touch, and curiosity.”

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