Footprint, 14 in. (36 cm) in length, cone 6 porcelain, glaze, oil paint.
Footprint, 14 in. (36 cm) in length, cone 6 porcelain, glaze, oil paint.

Lauren Gallaspy  Athens, Georgia

My attention centers around a longing for interaction with objects existing within the border space between the known and the unknown. I wish to make work in which conventional hierarchies of value—the concrete over the imaginary, fact over fiction, efficiency over pleasure—are dismantled, their parts rearranged to form objects through which pathos, obsession, and imagination are encouraged. Imagination is not utilized as a retreat from, but rather a recognition of, the startlingly specific ways we make sense of ourselves and our surroundings. In material form, the imaginative act becomes a way to help shorten the distance between what happens inside our heads and outside our bodies. Clay is utilized in this activity as a covert material—a thicket in which animals of association may hide.

 

Footprint (detail), 14 in. (36 cm) in length, cone 6 porcelain, glaze, oil paint.

There are some certainties in the work: that beliefs can be substantiated, that complexity is necessary, that matter matters. Inevitably, I am overwhelmed; there are always more uncertainties than certainties. 


 


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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