Tomorrow Looking Down, 7 ft. (2.1 m) in height, wood-fired stoneware, steel, 2009.
Tomorrow Looking Down, 7 ft. (2.1 m) in height, wood-fired stoneware, steel, 2009.

Denny Gerwin  Logan, Utah

 

After enduring a childhood full of biblical and spiritual prophesies, I can’t shake the belief that humanity is doomed, that individuals are predisposed to struggle with their immorality, and that it will all end in a grand horrific event. Conversely, I have abandoned the notion that we will all get what we deserve in the end; either this wretched world followed by fiery hell, or this satisfactory world of temporary examination followed by eternity in paradise. Because I don’t believe those things, I can be amused instead of terrified. I am astonished by how humanity is both awesome and awful.

Future Generations I, 4 ft. (1.2 m) in height, wood-fired stoneware, steel, 2009.

Future Generations I, 4 ft. (1.2 m) in height, wood-fired stoneware, steel, 2009.

This body of work is made in this amusement. I use the most historied medium known to make objects that look like our world’s vacated marks of human existence—the unearthed artifacts. This apocalyptic prediction is certainly not original. It is simply a record of my marks made on down-scaled, familiar looking ceramic constructions while reveling in our demise. 


 


This Emerging Artists 2010 article appeared in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s May 2010 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!


 

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